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Saudi Arabia accused of pirating World Cup broadcast

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been accused of pirating the broadcast of World Cup games for which Qatar-based beIN Sports network holds the regional rights, accusations Kingdom has denied. Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, called the piracy charges “baseless” and “unfounded”. Last week, soccer’s governing body FIFA accused television channel BeoutQ, whose pirating devices are widely available for purchase in Saudi Arabia, of illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World…

TV deal for 2026, 2030 World Cups ‘advantageous’ for FIFA – BeIN

DOHA: The TV broadcasting rights deal agreed for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, which is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors, was "advantageous for FIFA", a beIN spokesman claimed on Saturday. "The financial conditions were the most advantageous for FIFA," the spokesman told AFP, after it was announced on Thursday that beIN Media chief and PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi was under investigation over the sale of the rights. Although no official figure for the broadcasting contract has been officially announced -- or…