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Soccer player faces sanctions for backheeled goal [Video]

July 19, 2011 | 10:05 am

Theyab Awana scored a fancy goal over the weekend that has become an Internet sensation. But it has gotten United Arab Emirates soccer player in trouble with his own team.

During UAE's 7-2 victory in a friendly against Lebanon on Sunday, Awana approached the ball to kick a penalty, but spun and kicked the ball with his backheel. The ball rolled past a clearly annoyed goalkeeper and into the goal.

Awana appeared pleased with himself, but others had a different reaction. Several Lebanese players screamed at Awana, and his own coach, Srecko Katanec, removed him from the match soon afterward.

"This is not respect, OK?" Katanec said. "I am unhappy. My reaction was normal. I took him out."

Now Awana faces possible punishment from his team, including a fine or suspension, UAE manager Esmaeel Rashed told The National newspaper.

"This should have not happened," Rashed said. “I think what happened is disrespectful. We cannot accept anyone in our team who does not respect the opponent."

Rashed has said that Awana has apologized to the team for the shot.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.