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Qatar FA Denies Dream League Report, While Some Question The Legitimacy Of The Story
Published March 14, 2013
IS THIS REAL OR IS IT JUST A DREAM? The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Joshua Robinson writes the London Times claimed its story was true, but a French website said that it had "published the same news a day earlier as a hoax.” The news in the Times article “appeared on the quasi-satirical Cahiers du Football, a soccer site in France, in the form of a fake wire story credited to the nonexistent ‘Agence Transe Presse.’” The online story “included many of the same details as the Times and both outlets used the same DFL logo.” Kay wrote on his Twitter feed Cahiers du Football "was 100% NOT the source of my story." Kay “further disputed Cahiers du Football's claim in a webcast” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/14). Les Cahiers du Football Editor Jerome Latta said, "It all came out of my imagination. But the fact that it made its way to the mainstream press is quite significant.” However, the Times "stood by its Wednesday story." The Times said that its story had "nothing to do with the website version and was based on research by its own reporter" going back "quite a while." Kay said, "I’ve been amused by the speculation about the source of this story. I can guarantee you 100 percent, 1,000 percent, 175 million percent, that my story had nothing to do with any website, spoof or otherwise. I’ve no idea about their modus operandi. What I know is that my source is very good, the information is very good and that there is more where that story came from" (REUTERS, 3/13).