Report of countries demanding FIFA strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup deemed fake

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A report claiming that six countries wrote FIFA in an attempt to remove Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup were published by a fake website purporting to be The Local.

"Our investigation so far indicates the article appeared on a fake site designed to look like The Local, and never appeared on The Local's own site. There is no trace of it in our systems, nor any evidence that anyone tried to access our content management system," site co-founder James Savage said in a statement on Sunday.

The false story claimed six Arab nations threatened to boycott the tournament if FIFA did not take action. The six countries also cut diplomatic and transport ties to Qatar as they accused Qatar of supporting terrorism in Iran.

Last month, FIFA said it was in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 organizing committee. Qatar is building eight new venues before it hosts the global championship.

Qatar was a controversial winner of the right to host the 2022 World Cup, being held in November and December in order to avoid the summer heat, where temperatures can reach as high as 107 F.    

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