Malaysia's football federation apologized Friday after Chelsea complained about anti-Semitic abuse directed at the club's Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun during a preseason friendly.

Benayoun was the first Israeli in recent memory to play in Muslim-majority Malaysia when he took to the field on July 21.

The Football Association of Malaysia did not admit the abuse occurred but said ''if such an incident did happen, we would like to apologize to the player ... and also to Chelsea FC.''

It said the abuse would have ''involved a small section of spectators.''

Chelsea said Wednesday that anti-Semitic abuse was ''offensive, totally unacceptable and has no place in football.''