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Qatar’s BeIN Sports loses appeal over $22 million Egypt fine

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The Cairo Economic Court approved the ruling of penalizing beIN Sports channels and its chairman Nasser al-Khelifi with a $22.6 million fine after rejecting an appeal by the Qatari broadcaster.

The attorney-general referred the channel and its chairman to the criminal court on charges of violating competition protection rules and monopolizing broadcast rights, forcing subscribers who watch the sports channel through Nile Sat to switch to Suhail Sat, a Qatari satellite.

The Egyptian court ruling was issued in March, while the Saudi General Authority for Competition has fined the Qatari broadcaster $2.6 million.