DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – 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.