JEWISH singer Pink has offered to pay a fine given to Norway’s female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms.
Pink said she was “very proud” of the team for protesting against the rule that prevented them from wearing shorts like their male counterparts.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, the pop star, whose real name is Alecia Moore, said, “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies.”
She added that “I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. 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.
— P!nk (@Pink) July 25, 2021
The team was fined 1500 Euros ($A2400) at the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria last month for what the European federation called improper clothing and “a breach of clothing regulations”. The rules stipulate that women must wear bikini bottoms while men wear shorts.
The Norwegian Handball Federation did not contest the decision, seen by the Norwegian team and several others as unfair, and announced earlier that it was ready to pay the fine.
The European Handball Federation acknowledged the commotion that the incident had triggered in media outlets and social media, and said it would donate the fine “to a major international sports foundation which supports equality for women and girls in sports”.
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