Asian Cup or­ga­niz­ers con­demn Saudi piracy of TV broad­casts

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

OR­GA­NIZ­ERS of soc­cer’s Asian Cup say they con­demn Saudi-backed pi­rate broad­casts of games stolen from Qatari rights holder BeIN Sports.

The Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion says it “al­ready in­structed coun­sel to take le­gal ac­tion in Saudi Ara­bia” and is work­ing with other sports bod­ies af­fected.

World soc­cer body FIFA and Europe’s UEFA are also weigh­ing ac­tion af­ter per­sis­tent piracy of BeIN’s rights to broad­cast World Cup and Cham­pi­ons League games across the Mid­dle East.

The broad­cast con­flict is a proxy fight in the 19-month po­lit­i­cal and lo­gis­ti­cal boy­cott of Qatar by re­gional ri­vals in­clud­ing Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates.

At the Asian Cup next week, Saudi Ara­bia plays Qatar in the UAE cap­i­tal Abu Dhabi.

Un­like a pre­vi­ous AFC com­ment Satur­day about a “cease and de­sist” no­tice, the state­ment Wed­nes­day specif­i­cally named Saudi Ara­bia and “the pi­rate en­tity named ‘be­outQ’.” –

Photo: AP

Saudi Ara­bia’s mid­fielder Salem cel­e­brates his goal dur­ing AFC Asian Cup group E soc­cer match be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and North Ko­rea on Tues­day.

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