Soccer governing bodies collectively condemn pirate channel beoutQ

Soccer governing bodies collectively condemn pirate channel beoutQ
FILE PHOTO: World Cup 2018 final match, being pirated by beoutQ as seen at beIN Media Group's anti-piracy lab in Doha, Qatar, in this undated handout image, obtained by Reuters on December 18, 2018. beIN Media Group/Handout via REUTERS A   -  Copyright  HANDOUT(Reuters)
By Reuters

(Reuters) – Several soccer governing bodies issued a joint statement on Wednesday to collectively condemn the theft of their intellectual property by channel beoutQ, which carried pirated broadcasts of global sports events to which Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports held the rights.

World soccer governing body FIFA, continental bodies UEFA and AFC, and major European soccer leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A came forward and called on authorities in Saudi Arabia (KSA) to take action.

“Since May 2018, we have collectively been working with an international legal counsel to monitor and compile evidence against beoutQ, whose broadcasts are regularly and on an industrial scale made available on an illegal basis,” the statement read.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru)

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