Supports of the Icelandic team at the 2023 World Men’s Handball Championship in Sweden have been banned from using drums in the Gautaborg stadium, Morgunblaðið reports.
In a statement to Morgunblaðið, Gauti Sigurgeirsson, a member of the Icelandic national team fan club, said: “The Swedish handball association won’t let us have drums in the stands at the stadium […] But we’re sticking to our plan. We’re going to the stadium and doing everything we can to support the Icelandic national team, with or without our drums. It just doesn’t make sense that all of a sudden we’re not allowed to have any instruments.”
Icelandic fans have so far been happy with the accommodations at the 2023 World Men’s Handball Championship. The championship is being hosted in nine cities throughout both Poland and Sweden. Matches hosted in the Swedish city of Kristianstad, such as the opening match between Iceland and Portugal, allowed fans to support their team with instruments.
Now, fans of the national team are disappointed but determined to continue rooting for “our boys,” as they are affectionately known. While instruments are not allowed in the general stands, however, a special balcony is reserved in the Gautaborg stadium, where the Icelandic fans can drum to their hearts’ content.
Gauti continued to say to Morgunblaðið: “It was just great in Kristianstad. It’s a great town. We got to do everything we wanted and it went really went, but everything changed in Gautaborg. We weren’t allowed to bring any of our instruments when we played Sweden, which definitely has an effect on the support. But we just used our hands and voices instead.”