Backheel Penalty Kicker May Face Suspension

by Nigel Assam

Awana Diab, the unorthodox penalty taker in the friendly between the UAE and Lebanon, may face suspension by the UAE’s Football Association, whose view is that the backheel kick was disrespectful to everyone involved in the game.

UAE’s team manager Esmaeel Rashed has said that Diab could either pay a fine or be sent away from the team. Rashed has also claimed Diab is very contrite, “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.’ . . . He’s really upset and very worried.”

As I said in my previous post, it was only a friendly. 

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