The United Arab Emirates football federation has accused the Asian Football Confederation of racism for describing its team as 'sand monkeys'.
"We express our strong resentment over the use of this bad description by the AFC website," in a match report, a statement from the UAE federation secretary general Yusuf Abdullah read.
"What happened is unacceptable and shows disrespect to others. It is a proof of racist attitudes that are starting to surface," he said, demanding 'a quick official apology'.
The UAE team is usually referred to as 'Al-Abyad', or the whites, based on the colour of its outfit.
But an AFC report on a friendly between the UAE and Uzbekistan described the team of the desert Gulf state as 'sand monkeys'.
The UAE official said his federation 'reserves the right to act to stop such an irresponsible racist behaviour'.