A player for the Saudi football club Al Nojoom sparked controversy after footage of him dabbing at a Wednesday game went viral on social media. 

The dab - a simple dance in which a person drops their head into the bent crook of a slanted arm while raising the opposite arm in a parallel direction but out straight - is strictly forbidden in the kingdom. 

This is because Saudi Arabia's National Committee for Combating Drugs, an initiative by the government to address drug addiction in the kingdom, sees the move as suggesting sniffing drugs. 

While it remains unclear whether the player will face legal consequences over the move, many on social media are speculating the matter given that last year the Saudi government issued orders forbidding football players from dabbing. 

This came after several players were seen performing the move right after scoring goals.

The footage caused quite the stir online

Dab = Forbidden

Many reported the video to anti-drug authorities

"With all my regards to you."

Even though many attacked the player

"He knows it's forbidden, he should deal with the consequences."

Others defended him

"Clearly a spontaneous move."

"Poor thing, his career ended before it even began"

Many were having none of it...

"There's nothing wrong with this, why do you like to complicate every joyful event or emotion. I don't see what all the fuss is about."

And felt the whole incident was being blown out of proportion

"What's so wrong with a simple move!!" 

Nevertheless, the player might still face punishment over the dab

"Al Nojoom player's dab can be punished by Saudi Arabia's Football Federation." 

Dabbing is frowned upon across the GCC and can land people in jail

Since it was first seen in Atlanta rapper Skippa da Flippa's 2014 video "How Fast Can You Count It," the dab has become an international craze often performed by celebrities all around the world. 

However, in countries across the region and especially in the GCC, the move is extremely controversial. 

Earlier in August, young Saudi singer Abdallah Al Shaharani was arrested in Saudi Arabia's Taif governorate, after he dabbed during a music contest. 

At the time, a video of Al Shaharani pulling off the move on stage went viral on social media, sparking controversy.

A few months ago, two Omani high school students also sparked outrage after footage of them dabbing during their graduation went viral.