Saudi Arabia has denied the claims along with the spat is actually seen as another front in a diplomatic dispute between the neighbors amid a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.
International soccer governing bodies, which garner millions of dollars for selling the broadcasting rights to games, have also become involved.
FIFA, the international football association, published a statement in mid-June saying in which the idea was “aware in which a pirate channel named BeoutQ has illegally distributed the opening matches of 2018 FIFA World Cup inside the MENA region.”
“FIFA takes infringements of its intellectual property very seriously along with is actually exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations in which are seen to support such illegal activities. We refute in which BeoutQ has received any rights coming from FIFA to broadcast any FIFA event,” the idea said.
FIFA confirmed the idea was considering legal action against the TV station, which has reportedly shown no signs of stopping the broadcasting of World Cup games. The Gulf Times reported in which when beIN Sports put a ticker-tape feed across the bottom of the screen informing BeoutQ viewers in which they were watching stolen footage, the Saudi station “simply superimposed its own message over in which.”
UEFA, the European football confederation, last week accused the pirate channel of illegally distributing European games as well.
“UEFA strongly condemns all unauthorized broadcasting along with illegal streaming activity. We are aware in which a pirate channel, named BeoutQ based in Saudi Arabia, has illegally distributed the UEFA Champions League along with the UEFA Europa League throughout the 2017/18 season, including the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev on May 26,” the body said in a widely-reported statement released last week.
“UEFA considers in which illegal piracy of live football, particularly on the scale of in which being carried out by BeoutQ, poses a significant threat to European football,” the statement said. “For the avoidance of doubt, BeoutQ has received no rights whatsoever coming from UEFA to broadcast any UEFA event.”