UAE Footballer in Trouble for Backheeled Penalty in Match Against Lebanon

A United Arab Emirates player whose backheeled penalty in a friendly against Lebanon has become an Internet sensation, faces possible sanctions for being "disrespectful."

Video of Theyab Awana's goal in UAE's 7-2 win on Sunday has become popular on YouTube.

Awana approaches the ball to kick what would be a typical penalty but spins and hits with his right backheel past a stunned goalkeeper. He struts away smiling and several Lebanese players can be seen angrily screaming at him.

UAE manager Esmaeel Rashed has told The National newspaper the move was "disrespectful."

A meeting is set for late Tuesday in which the team will decide what action to take against Awana, including a possible suspension or fine.

Source: Associated Press

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