Emirates winger Thiyab Awana has become an internet hit for scoring an
audacious backheeled penalty for his country in a 7-2 victory over
the convincing scoreline and the excitement around the goal, Awana has drawn
criticism for the 'disrespectful' goal - including from his own coach.
were already leading 6-2 when Awana tucked away the spot-kick, but coach Srecko
Katanec, who had only brought Awana on three minutes before, substituted him
penalty, I didn't like it. We must respect players from other teams. In future
you don't know what football will give you back," Katanec said after the game.
"He's a young guy and he
knew he made a mistake immediately. I just want him to show respect, not just
on the field but off it as well."
team official saw red after a furious reaction to the penalty, but Lebanon
coach Emile Rustom tried to defuse the incident afterwards.
feel it was an insult and this is my attitude," Rustom said.
"This is a personal decision
the player made and it has nothing to do with the way the UAE plays its
extraordinary goal here: