A United Arab Emirates soccer 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 victory Sunday has become popular on YouTube.

Awana approached the ball to kick what would be a typical penalty, but spun and hit past the goalkeeper with his right backheel. Awana struted away smiling and several Lebanese players angrily screamed 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.