UAE coach Srecko Katanec slams Theyab Awana for backheel penalty

The 21-year-old Emirati has become a Youtube sensation for his audacious spotkick in Sunday's friendly win over Lebanon, but he's not pleased his national team boss

UAE national team coach Srecko Katanec may suspend or fine Theyab Awana for his “disrespectful” backheeled spotkick in the 7-2 win over Lebanon on Sunday.

The 21-year-old UAE international has become a Youtube sensation for his 79th-minute penalty.

However, Awana was less popular with Katanec, who had brought him on as a 76th-minute substitute before replacing him following the spotkick which incited Lebanese officials on the sidelines who protested to the fourth official.

This penalty, I didn't like it. We must respect players from other teams. In the future you don't know what football will give you back," Katanec told Sport360.

"He's a young guy and he knows he made a mistake immediately. I just want him to show respect, not just on the field but off it as well."

UAE team manager Esmaeel Rashed told The National: "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."

Rashed continued: "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."

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