Pink Offers To Pay Norwegian Handball Team’s Fines For Breaking Sexist Rule

Pink offers to help the Norwegian women's beach handball team fight against sexist uniform rules
In case you missed those headlines last week, beach handball has some fucking sexist uniform rules. While men are allowed to compete in shorts and tank tops, international rules require women to wear crop tops and tight, high-cut bikini bottoms when they play. Last week, the Norwegian women's national team made headlines around the world when they wore shorts to a Euro Final match in protest against the rules. Now Pink speaks out in support.
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The Norwegian women's team was fined 1,500 euros by the European Handball Federation, which enforces the uniform rules at the Euro final tournament in which the team played. Shortly after the news went viral, Pink took to Twitter to show her support for the Norwegian team.
"I am VERY proud of the Norwegian beach handball team that are protesting against the very sexist rules about their 'uniform'", she wrote. "The European Handball Federation SHOULD be punished for sexism."
But Pink went a step further than just offering her support - she also offered to pay the team's fine for it.
“Well done ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you, ”she added. "Go on."
The rules of the European Handball Federation state that uniform trousers for women “must have a tight fit and an upward cut towards the top of the leg. The side width must not exceed 10 centimeters. ”The Norwegian team has been fighting against this requirement for years and says that tight, revealing bikini bottoms are not suitable for a sport in the sand. They asked to be able to compete in the shorts they wear when training at home and decided during their game against Spain last week to only play in shorts in protest.
EHF President Michael Wiederer has since said the organization will investigate inequality in uniforms for men and women.
"I can confirm that the EHF will do everything possible to ensure that a change in the athletes uniform rules can be implemented," he said in a statement. "Considerable efforts are being made to promote sport for everyone, regardless of gender, in the best possible way."
That statement came after voices from around the world, including Pink's, called for change. It's a nice reminder that positive change can take place when enough people ask for it.
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