Omani football commentator Khalil Al Balushi expressed regret over using “offensive remarks” during the Asian Cup semi-final between The United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
When Ahmed Al Haidoos scored, giving Qatar a 3-0 lead, Al Balushi said: “Hassan Al Haidoos, step on them.”
The language he used was not welcomed by many social media users in Oman and the UAE.
The Al Kass Sports Channel commentator apologized immediately after the match through his Twitter account.
Talking to Al Wisal FM, he said the apology was not as a response to any pressure from fans, adding that the term he used is common and has been used before in many matches.
“I just thought that I have not used the right word in the right time,” he told Al Wisal.
“Sometimes, due to the excitement, a commentator might say things without evaluating it. The term I used in Qatar’s third goal was not appropriate. I apologize to the fans,” Al Balushi Tweeted.
Khalil Al Balushi is a well-known commentator and has a followership of 152,000 on his Twitter handle.