UAE’s Minister of State Anwar Gargash criticizes Qatar for politicizing Sport
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Gargash, tweeted against Qatar politicizing its sports channels in a jab against Doha-based BeIN Sports network
“Sports are about wins and losses but the confused are those who politicize their sports channels. Your home is made of glass … this foolishness will not end your crisis,” Gargash tweeted.
Saudi Arabia’s chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority, Turki al-Sheikh, announced on his official Twitter account that the kingdom would be taking “necessary legal action” against BeIN Sports.
“Necessary legal action will be taken in relation to BeIN wrongdoings against K.S.A, its sports & officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals. This proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil,” al-Sheikh said.
The Qatari channel exceeded the rules in its subsequent comments on the World Cup opening match between Saudi national team and Russia national team on Thursday, which ended 5-0 for Russia, the host nation of the tournament.