The Norwegian women's handball team has responded to the outpour of support they received after being fined for their breach of dress code while competing.
The team decided to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European Beach Handball Championships, which led to them being fined $1,700.
According to the uniform regulations: "women should wear a bikini where the top should be a tight-fitting sports bra with deep openings at the arms and the bottom must not be more than ten centimeters on the sides."
Tonje Lerstad told Radio 1: "It's so shocking that we have to pay for not playing in our panties."
But the twenty-four-year-old goalkeeper and her teammates were even more shocked when they found out that a grammy award-winning artist offered to pay for their fines.
According to the athlete, they were all "star-struck" when P!nk tweeted her support of their recent actions. She also offered to pay the fine herself.
"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," the pop star wrote on Twitter.
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
Tonje said: "It's really crazy. We were shocked but it's such an important message and we appreciate it, things got very crazy" after the players made their stand.
She wasn't surprised they were fined but said she thought the punishment for wearing shorts was "incredible."
"It's really stupid, but we've just got to fight on."
The EHF said the fine was given out to the team due to "improper clothing." And after the team got the message from Pink, they all celebrated...
"We sent it in our group chat and everybody was like: 'Wow, this is sick.' It was so weird," says Tonje.
Although P!nk's message was well received and definitely appreciated, the singer won't actually need to pay the fine as the Norwegian Handball Federation (NHF) has already come out to say they will pay for the girls.
"She doesn't have to pay but she can give us some tickets and we can meet up in a concert in our shorts," Tonje jokes.
"There have been so many people asking to pay the money so maybe we should just make a big bank account."
The team is sticking to their guns as far as their recent protest goes...
The NHF says: "Together we will continue to fight to change the rules for clothing so that players can play in the clothes they are comfortable with."
Tonje added: "We've had so much response from the other teams, so I can't believe anything else other than they have to change [the rules] next year."