The Qatari Football Association has denied having any knowledge of a 'Dream Football League' that would look to offer major financial incentives to the world's top clubs.
@julienpretotrtr ? On a publié ça dans la nuit de lundi à mardi vers 1h du matin... Tout est sorti de mon imagination.
Journalists from The Times, a respected newspaper in the UK, have told Reuters that the claim has no foundation.
"I've been amused by the speculation about the source of this story," Oliver Kay, who wrote the story for The Times, said. "I can guarantee you 100%, 1,000%, 175,000,000%, 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."
Tony Evans, The Times' football editor, added: "As far as we are concerned the story is true and we stand by it.
"Oliver Kay is an exceptionally good journalist who is unlikely to have fallen for a hoax story on a spoof website. He obtained the information after speaking to powerful people in football and after doing his groundwork. He has been working on it for quite a while and there is no reason to doubt he will be fully vindicated."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report
@julienpretotrtr ? On a publié ça dans la nuit de lundi à mardi vers 1h du matin... Tout est sorti de mon imagination.— Cahiers du football (@cahiersdufoot) March 13, 2013