Singing superstar P!nk has offered to pay the fines imposed on a Norwegian women's beach handball team after they refused to wear bikini bottoms during a recent competition.
According to a statement from the European Handball Federation on July 19, the disciplinary commission imposed a fine of 150 euros per player ($240) on the squad due to their "improper clothing", with the star slamming the uniform rules as 'sexist'.
"I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform'," she wrote on Twitter.
"The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."
Earlier this week, the team also took to Instagram to address the overwhelming support they've received across the world.
"We are also very proud about making a statement in the bronze final by playing in shorts instead of required bikini bottoms! We are overwhelmed by the attention and support from all over the world!" the post read, along with a series of photos of the players competing.
"Thank you so much to all the people who support us and help spread the message! We really hope this will result in a change of this nonsense rule!"
The post also featured the hashtag 'Let them wear shorts'.
While the Norwegian Handball Federation announced their support of the team, the European Handball Federation took a different position.
"The Disciplinary Commission at the Beach Handball EURO 2021 has dealt with a case of improper clothing," a statement from the EHF read.
"In the bronze medal game against Spain on Sunday the team of Norway played with shorts that are not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the Game."
Plenty of people on Twitter praised P!nk for her support of the team.
"Way to go! Women shouldn't have to wear bikinis to play beach handball. If men can wear short so can the women!" was one comment.
While another wrote: "Bravo!!! I was thinking about that yesterday! Why there should be a difference between men and women’s uniform? Why do women have to go out with so little clothes on them!!??"
Tennis legend Billie Jean King also spoke out in support of the Norwegian team. On Twitter, Billie called out the "sexualization" of women athletes and pointed out that male handball players do not have to follow the same rules.
"The Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball team is facing fines for wanting to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms. The bottoms are not to cover 'more than 10cm on any sides.' The men’s team wears shorts," Billie said. "The sexualization of women athletes must stop."
Additional reporting by Megan Johnson.
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