An entire girls' athletics team have allegedly been suspended after they donned sports bras to protest a 'sexist' clothing rule.

The track and field squad at Albany High School in upstate New York, USA, were allegedly sent packing by Athletic Director Ashley Chapple after they turned up to training in the exercise attire, reports Times Union.

The outraged girls had argued they should be allowed to strip down for the session during a heatwave, as the boys team had not received the same treatment when they tried to exercise without their shirts on.

Claiming Ms Chapple banned the team from wearing the item, talented sprinter Jordan Johnson said: "She confronted us about wearing sports bras and saying we couldn’t [just] wear sports bras because we have male coaches”.

The group of girl athletes were then suspended after a heated exchange with the coach and school staff followed, meaning only two members of the team attended that week's regional competition.

Unimpressed with the school's verdict, Jordan quickly set up a petition named "Stop Gender Biased Dress Codes: Allow the Girls Track Team to wear Sports Bras" when she got home — and has since attracted more than 3,420 signatures.

In the description for the fundraiser she accuses the school of "punishing" the team for "practicing in sports bras in the presence of male coaches", while the boys team were "asked nicely to put shirts back on and was not punished".

Well-wishers have taken to the page to add their messages of support, with one writing: "Stop making girls deal with stuff that boys don’t have to. Sports bras are sports gear, not lingerie."

Another said: "Girls should be allowed to wear sports bra if males are allowed to be shirtless", as a third added: "Double standards need to be eliminated!"

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The school has since denied that the suspension was related to the dress code and instead stemmed from the girls' conduct towards school staff.

Ron Lesko, director of communications and operations for Albany school district, said in a statement: "Their suspension was in no way related to wardrobe. It was entirely related to their inappropriate conduct and in alignment with our Student Code of Conduct.

"We addressed the matter related to practice attire with male and female members of the Albany High track and field teams last week.

"The information communicated to both groups of student-athletes was the same – that their practice attire did not align with our Student Code of Conduct."

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