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Saudi, UAE, Bahrain out of Gulf Cup amid Qatar crisis

DOHA: Gulf Cup organisers on Thursday said Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had "withdrawn" from the Qatar-hosted tournament, amid a deepening political crisis in the region. Tournament bosses said they had received no response from the three federations to questions about their participation in the competition, scheduled to start on December 22. A deadline for Saudi, UAE and Bahrain to accept a written invitation from the Gulf Cup Football Federation (GCFF) passed earlier this week. "There was no…