CAF Threatens Legal Action Over Illegal Broadcast Of AFCON

Confederation of African football are considering legal action against a Saudi Arabian pirate channel for the illegal broadcast of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


All of the 36 matches were said to have been broadcast on the rogue channel called beoutQ.


The Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) issued a hard-hitting statement saying it would be joining forces with FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A to combat the rogue channel, called beoutQ.


CAF spoke out as the tournament reached the quarter-finals stage and there was no sign of a let up in the illegal transmission on beoutQ via the Riyadh-based satellite, Arabsat.


Qatar-based beIN Sports owns exclusive rights to show the month-long tournament across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


However, Saudi Arabia has been pirating the Doha-based channel on an industrial scale for nearly two years ever since it launched a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar, under which the sale of beIN’s decoder boxes was banned in the desert kingdom.

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