FIFA says it is taking legal action against broadcaster, BeoutQ, concerning piracy, which continues to broadcast illegally from the World Cup in Russia, local media reported on Wednesday.
“FIFA has engaged counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia and is working alongside other sports rights owners that have also been affected to protect its interest.
“FIFA urges the authorities of Saudi Arabia and of the different countries where these illegal activities have been observed to support us in the fight against piracy,’’ football’s ruling body said in a statement.
BeoutQ was formed shortly after Saudi Arabia stopped broadcasts of Qatar’s BeIN network in connection with a diplomatic row and a blockade.
BeIN has the World Cup rights, and those for other events including Wimbledon, for the Middle East and northern Africa. Saudi Arabia has dismissed allegations it was home to BeoutQ and had something to with it.