An investigation into rogue Saudi channel beoutQ’s activities has confirmed it used satellite infrastructure owned by Arabsat to illegally broadcast football matches.
Saudi Arabia could be banned from competing in future football tournaments in a bid by the sport’s governing bodies to stamp out piracy.
World soccer governing body FIFA on Sunday said it is exploring each of its legal options as a means to address beoutQ’s unauthorised broadcasts.
The Premier League received a boost after a court ruled that a Saudi Arabian satellite provider has pirate-broadcast every game so far of the Women’s World Cup to Europe. A hearing in France found that Riyadh-based Arabsat was illegally transmitting the tournament on the rogue channel, beoutQ.
The US Government has been urged to take action against Saudi Arabia with a coalition of sports and entertainment bodies demanding the end of beoutQ.
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".