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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Penguin dance leads to ban for Al Wasl pair Caio Correa and Fabio De Lima

Arabian Gulf League leaders will be without duo for Al Nasr derby clash after punishment from UAE Football Association in online video.

Fabio de Lima of Al Wasl (right) in action during an Arabian Gulf League football match between Al Wasl and Emirates last month. De Lima, along with teammate Caio Correa, has been banned for two games for gestures made in an online video towards rivals Al Nasr. Photo Courtesy: Arabian Gulf League
Fabio de Lima of Al Wasl (right) in action during an Arabian Gulf League football match between Al Wasl and Emirates last month. De Lima, along with teammate Caio Correa, has been banned for two games for gestures made in an online video towards rivals Al Nasr. Photo Courtesy: Arabian Gulf League

Arabian Gulf League leaders Al Wasl have suffered a setback with the news that Caio Correa and Fabio De Lima have been banned for Thursday's derby with Al Nasr after appearing in a controversial video on social media.

The pair have been punished by the UAE Football Association's disciplinary committee for their actions in a 26-second long video in which they, along with other Wasl players, interact with some young supporters.

After being asked what the score will be in the game by one of the fans, both men predicted a 5-0 win before De Lima performed what was believed to be a penguin dance, while Caio made a throat cutting gesture.

The penguin gesture is likely to have been an attempted slight by Lima at Nasr's stadium being next to Al Nasr Leisureland, which has a number of plastic penguins as part of a display.

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Both Caio and De Lima have been banned for two games, and fined Dh20,000 by the UAE Football Association.

Wasl have yet to lose in the AGL this season, with four wins and two draws from their first six games, and they lead the way on goal difference from Al Ain on 14 points.

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