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CAF: More beoutQ football piracy

July 8, 2019

By Chris Forrester

The Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) is the latest sports organisation to accuse beoutQ of blatant piracy.

The CAF licenses its games only to Qatar’s beIN Sports, but that doesn’t seem to create a headache for Saudi Arabia’s piracy operation beoutQ which has telecast the 2019 Total Africa Cup tournament. CAF said that all 36 games were pirated and available on Arabsat.

“Only beIN Sports has a contract from CAF to broadcast, on an exclusive basis and with the right to sub-license, the matches of the CAF states more football piracy by beoutQ, EGYPT 2019 on the countries of North Africa and Middle East, in particular, while the Egyptian channel Time Sport Channel, as the host television of the Competition, is authorised by CAF to broadcast the games by free terrestrial television throughout the territory of Egypt,” said a CAF statement.

“beoutQ is broadcast throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and is also available across the world, which is causing severe damage to the rights of CAF and all rights granted by contracts to its official broadcast partners, and first and foremost beIN Sports and the Egyptian host television of the Competition, considering the territorial zone on which the pirate broadcasts of beoutQ are focusing.”

“The broadcasting rights granted by CAF on an exclusive basis to its official broadcast partners are matched by important financial contributions that ensure the financing and development of African football competitions and its member associations,” added the CAF statement.

The Confederation says it will join the other main sports bodies harmed (including FIFA, UEFA, AFC, Liga, Premier League and Bundesliga) and to take all necessary measures and actions against entities that commit, or are complicit in the commission of, these piracy acts, including proceedings.

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