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Qatar denies reports of hosting top team football tournament

The Qatar FA (QFA) has denied reports claiming it will offer the world's biggest football clubs money to play in a glittering summer tournament. A report in The Times claimed plans were in place for a 24-team "Dream Football League" (DFL), to rival the Champions League.

"The Qatar FA and other Qatari football entities can categorically confirm that we have no involvement in any such initiative," a statement read.

"And we have heard nothing to suggest such a concept is genuine," it added.

The report claimed clubs including Barcelona and Manchester United would be offered around £175m to appear in the tournament in alternating summers, with four of England's leading clubs invited to participate.

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