A Saudi Arabian soccer player is facing legal trouble after dabbing during a King's Cup match. The Al Nojoom player, whose identity still remains unknown, was offered a high-five by a teammate, but instead, chose to do a dab, BBC reported. The entire incident has been caught on camera and, reportedly, even the sports broadcaster was surprised and can be heard saying "No, no, no."
The dance move is thought to have originated in the Southern hip-hop scene in the United States of America, although it remains unclear who came up with it. The dab rose to national prominence in the United States in 2015, but it has since spread all over the world. Even the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, dabbed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Apart from reaching politics, dabbing is popular in sports, soccer in particular, and players like the Manchester United midfielder and French international, Paul Pogba, are famous for dabbing during goal celebrations.
This obsession with the dab does not seem to be shared in some parts of the world. Saudi Arabia, however, seems to have taken things much further and the country is reportedly waging a war against dabbing. The dance move is thought to have links to drug culture, which is why the Saudi Arabian National Committee for Combating Drugs is against it. The committee's president called the dance move a "harmful influence on youth" and added that "those who promote it in public events or on social media will face consequences," Saudi Gazette reported. In Saudi Arabia, the dab is thought to suggest sniffing drugs.