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Noose tightens around Saudi Arabia over industrial-scale beoutQ

The industrial scale of sports piracy conducted by the Middle Eastern operation beoutQ has been known about for some time but now the technical details have been nailed down in a comprehensive 158-page report from MarkMonitor, a provider of anti-piracy technology, commissioned by FIFA, the world’s governing association football body, along with various leagues. Although the report is technical rather than political, Saudi Arabia emerges clearly as complicit in allowing the piracy to go on since it confirms that satellite platform Arabsat, hosted in the country, has transmitted beoutQ’s pirate broadcasts. The report’s publication coincided with a joint statement from FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, the Bundesliga, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, LFP and the English Premier League (EPL) calling on Arabsat…

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