The UAE's football federation on Sunday demanded an apology from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after a report on its website described the UAE team as "sand monkeys".
Yousuf Abdulla, secretary general of the UAEFA, said accused some AFC officials of "racist acts", claiming the "poor language" was used by officials from the eastern part of the continent towards the countries from the western region.
He said the matter had been passed to the legal department.
"This is not acceptable and evidence of disrespect towards the others. It furthermore reconfirms that there are racist stands which have surfaced to serve limited personal interests,” he added.
The secretary general urged the AFC to submit an official apology as soon as possible.
The UAE football team is usually referred to as "Al-Abyad", or the whites, based on the colour of their outfit.
But an AFC report on a friendly between the UAE and Uzbekistan on Friday described the team of the Gulf state as "sand monkeys".
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