An AFC Cup-related article containing the offensive term angered UAE officials, as well as parts of the Arab community, after it was published by the Malaysia-based organization on Oct. 12.
A statement on its official website said: "The AFC apologizes for an editorial mistake in which the UAE National Team was inadvertently referred to by an inaccurate nickname on the AFC's official website www.the-afc.com in the article 'UAE to take cautious approach' dated 12 October 2012.
"The error, which was mainly because of referral to a popular web-based encyclopedia by the concerned editor, was corrected immediately after it was noticed. The AFC would like to apologize for any hurt this might have caused to the UAE Football Association and UAE football fans. The UAE FA are one of the AFC’s valued member associations and the AFC will continue to extensively cover the UAE national team and UAE league activities."