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After the Norwegian women’s beach handball team was penalized for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms at a recent championship match, singer Pink slammed the “sexist” treatment and offered to pay the team’s fines.
The European Handball Federation ruled that bikini bottoms are required to be worn during matches and handed down a fine of 1500 euros, charging each woman who opted to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms 150 euros apiece — or about $175 –for a total of about $1,750. The reason for the fine is listed as “improper clothing.”
The singer later retweeted a photo of the men and women’s beach handball teams posing together, which offered a side-by-side comparison of their uniforms. While the men are wearing shorts and tank tops, the women are wearing bikini tops and bottoms.
After the fine was imposed, the Norwegian Handball Association took to Twitter and called upon the European Handball Federation to change its rules about uniforms.