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Beach handball: 'It's shocking to have to pay to not play in our pants'

 

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From getting in trouble for slotxo refusing to wear a bikini, to getting support from a Grammy-winning artist, it's been
quite a week for Norway's women's beach handball team.

 

The team decided to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European Beach Handball Championships in a move
which led them to being fined £1,295.

 

"It's so shocking that we have to pay for not playing in our panties," Tonje Lerstad tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

 

But there was more shock round the corner for the 24-year-old goalkeeper and her fellow players.

 

She says they were all "star-struck" when Pink tweeted her support for their decision - the singer even offered to pay
the fine herself.

 

"It's really crazy. We were shocked but it's such an important message and we appreciate it," Tonje says.

 

Tonje says "things got very crazy" after the players made their stand over the uniform rules.

 

She wasn't surprised they were fined - they'd been warned that would happen - but she calls the punishment
"incredible".

 

"It's really stupid, but we've just got to fight on."

 

Pink said in response to Tonje's team's fine that the European Handball Federation (EHF) should be "fined for sexism".

 

"I'm very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting sexist rules about their uniform,"
she added in her tweet.

 

The EHF said the fine was imposed because of "improper clothing".



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