YouTube Soccer Sensation Killed in Car Accident

The Lebanese Football Assoication reported that YouTube celebrity, Theyab Awana, was killed in a car accident on Sunday. Mr. Awana was a wide midfielder from the United Arab Emirates; he became a YouTube star after scoring a back-heel penalty in a match against Lebanon.

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The 21-year-old passed away following an accident in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.

The national team was preparing for a trip to Asia next month when news of Awana’s death broke.

According to reports, the UAE team administrator said the whole team went to the funeral today.

“It was very sad.  “Everybody was shocked. His whole family was so proud of him. We will never forget him.”

Awana converted a daring penalty in a 6-2 friendly win over Lebanon in July. The clip has now received more than 1.7 million hits on YouTube.

Awana’s coach was also shocked when he heard the news.

“Awana was very honest, keen and committed to his duties. It’s a great loss for us, it is very painful news,” Khalfan Al Rumaithi, president of the UAE FA, told the Association’s website.

The UAE team’s training was canceled on Monday, but they will resume Tuesday ahead of a friendly match against China next week, and a World Cup qualifier against South Korea on October 11.

By: South Carolina Accident Attorney Pete Strom