The European Handball Federation (EHF), the sport’s governing body, has upheld a fine of € 1,500 (£ 1,295) (€ 150 (or £ 129.50) per player) for “inappropriate clothing”.
The Norwegian players wore shorts during a bronze medal match against Spain in Varna, Bulgaria.
And the regulatory violation is due to rules specifying that women must wear bikini bottoms when competing.
A statement from the governing body read: “The EURO 2021 Beach Handball Disciplinary Commission has dealt with a case of inappropriate clothing.
“In the bronze medal match against Spain on Sunday, the Norwegian team played with shorts that did not comply with the athlete uniform regulations set out in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the Game “Said the EHF in a statement.
While the Norwegian Handball Federation (NHF) has announced that it will pay the fine for its players, also supporting their players in a post on the team’s Instagram page.
“We are very proud of these girls who are at the European Beach Handball Championships,” read the press release. “They raised their voices and told us enough is enough.
“We are the Norwegian Handball Federation and we are supporting you and supporting you. We will continue to fight to change international dress regulations so players can play in clothes they are comfortable with. “
While Kare Geir Lio, the boss of the NHF, told AFP that his players should have “free choice” on their dress: “It should be a free choice within a standardized framework.
The governing body’s rules state: “Women should wear a bikini top with a fitted sports bra with deep openings in the arms. The bottom should not exceed ten centimeters on the sides.
While male players must wear “tight tank tops” and shorts “not too loose” and “10 centimeters above the kneecap”.
Norwegian Katinka Haltvik also told Norwegian media NRK that the decision to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms was “very spontaneous” and that she “felt threatened by the regulations”.
“People encouraged us to have gone in front of several teams and to have been shocked. Not all teams can afford to pay such fines, ”said Haltvik. ” [Handball] should be an inclusive and non-exclusive sport.