Saudi Arabia could be banned from competing in future football tournaments in a bid by the sport’s governing bodies to stamp out piracy.
England’s Premier League has started legal action against rogue Saudi channel “beoutQ” which has been broadcasting stolen content from Qatar’s beIN Sports.
Qatar's global sports and entertainment media group, beIN Corporation (beIN) has lodged an international investment arbitration case against Saudi Arabia worth $1bn in compensation for what has been described as "the most widespread piracy of sports broadcasting that the world has ever seen".
FIFA on Friday launched a clampdown on piracy, threatening to take action against a Saudi TV station which has been illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup.
The sports channel made the announcement just before the tournament opened following consultation with FIFA.
Qatar's national football team will be permitted to play in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2022 World Cup despite being given an automatic berth in the finals as tournament hosts, the Asian Football Confederation has said.