US pop star Pink has offered to pay for a “sexist” fine that the Norwegian beach handball team have recently incurred.
The team were fined €1500 for “improper clothing” at last week’s European Beach Handball Championships after they took to the field wearing shorts like their male counterparts as opposed to the traditional bikini.
When news of this reached Pink, she took to social media to voice her support and even offered to pay for their fine.
The star wrote: “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting 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.”
This solidarity from Pink was met with gratitude by the team with responded by saying: “Thank you so much for all the support. We really appreciate the love we have received. You’re the best.”
However, it would appear that Pink wasn’t taken up on her offer of monetary support, as the Norwegian Handball Federation announced that they would be paying the fine and condemned the ruling, stating: “[Uniforms should be] a free choice within a standardised framework.”
Former tennis star Billie Jean King, who also came under fire for wearing shorts during her playing days, took to Twitter to state: “The sexualisation of women athletes must stop.”
Whereas the governing body for the sport itself defended its need to enforce the rules, stating: “[The shorts were] not according to the athlete uniform regulations.”