'Back-heel penalty taker' Theyab Awana faces sanction for 'disrespect'

Sunday 23 October 2011 03:42

The scorer of a backheeled penalty, who has become an internet sensation as a result, is facing possible disciplinary action from the United Arab Emirates Football Association.

Theyab Awana stole the headlines in the UAE's 7-2 friendly defeat of Lebanon on Sunday for his 78th-minute penalty which he slotted home with his heel after running backwards towards the spot.

He was shown a yellow card at the time - although his offence was unclear - and now the UAE's team manager has hinted at a sanction.

Esmaeel Rashed told The National newspaper: "This should not have happened. I think what happened is disrespectful.

"We cannot accept anyone in our team who does not respect the opponent and does not respect the people who are working, or the supporters.

"There are many forms of punishment. We could send him away from the team. We could make him pay a fine."

Coach Srecko Katanec was also unimpressed, immediately substituting the player after the penalty, just 10 minutes after sending him on.

"This is not respect, Okay? I am unhappy. My reaction was normal: I took him out," he said.

Rashed has spoken to Awana and claims the 21-year-old Baniyas midfielder is full of remorse for his actions.

Rashed added: "The player, he is very sorry. He said: 'I did wrong. I made a mistake. Tell the team I'm sorry. I'm really, really sorry I did this thing'.

"In the end, he's young, but he has to know what are the good things and the bad things.

"I think he will learn from this moment. He's really, really upset and very worried. From when he was sitting with us today, he's blaming himself."

Watch Theyab Awana's penalty below...

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