Jassem al-Rumaihi, the secretary general of the Gulf Football Federation, addresses a press conference after the meeting of the executive board of the Gulf Cup in the Qatari capital Doha, on November 16, 2017. / AFP / STRINGER
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Gulf Cup organizers Thursday said Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had "withdrawn" from the Qatar-hosted tournament, amid a deepening political crisis in the region.Doubts have hung over the Gulf Cup because of a bitter dispute involving Qatar and its neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain that threatens to destabilize the region.If the Gulf Cup goes ahead on Dec. 22, it will be played between Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait and Yemen.Usually played every two years, the Gulf Cup was originally meant to be hosted by Kuwait in 2016 but was moved to Qatar because of the FIFA ban.
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