Times ‘duped’ into printing hoax Qatar Dream Football League story | Media | guardian.co.uk

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The Times has admitted it was duped into publishing a hoax exclusive about plans for a Qatar-based Dream Football League, offering huge financial incentives to tempt Manchester United and other top Premier League sides to join, in an episode it described as a “journalistic nightmare”.

In a column in Monday’s paper, the Times’s football editor, Tony Evans, conceded that it had missed warning signs about the story in the rush to publication.

Evans said the story now “appears to have been invented”, but at the time “had just enough plausibility to be seductive”.

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