Saudis impose ban on Qatar EPL broadcasts


The Saudi Arabian authorities has completely barred the English Premier League’s official Middle East broadcasters from working within the nation.

The broadcaster was initially blocked in Saudi Arabia below a boycott imposed when Riyadh and its allies severed diplomatic and commerce ties with Qatar in June 2017 over Doha’s alleged help of terrorism, a cost Qatar denies.

An announcement from the Saudi General Authority for Competition (GAC) acknowledged that Qatar-based beIN SPORTS, which is the official Premier League rights holder for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area, has had its licence to broadcast cancelled and has been fined the equal of STG 2.1m ($A3.eight m).

It means there’s at the moment no reliable approach to watch EPL in a rustic whose public funding fund is making an attempt to take over one of many league’s golf equipment – Newcastle United

The proposed APS300m ($A541 m) buyout stays into consideration by the league. beIN’s deal runs to the tip of the 2021-22 season.

The GAC acknowledged beIN had “abused its dominant position through several monopolistic practices” which violated competitors legislation within the nation.

beIN stated in a press release: “The determination is nonsensical on each single stage, banning beIN for packaging its rights in the usual manner that sports activities and leisure broadcasters all world wide do, and certainly as different broadcasters lively within the Saudi market additionally do.

“Moreover, the very concept that completely banning a number one competitor from a market might in any manner promote competitors is plainly absurd.

“We would also question – as we have for three years – how Saudi citizens can watch Premier League matches legally in Saudi Arabia with this ‘permanent’ ban on the Premier League’s licensed broadcaster. Or indeed how Saudi citizens can legally watch most major international sport, and how this fits into Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision.”

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