Asian Football Confederation revokes beIN Sports’ monopoly in Saudi

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) announced that it had received an official letter from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) revoking the monopoly held by beIN Sports channels on the airing of Asian football matches held in Saudi Arabia.

The SAFF added that the decision comes due to what has been briefed to AFC with regards to the “grave violations” conducted by beIN Sports and its inability to obtain the necessary licenses to air the AFC matches in the Kingdom, according to a statement by SAFF issued on Tuesday.

The matches within the Kingdom will be broadcasted through the AFC platforms gradually, starting from Saudi’s al-Hilal match against Qatari al-Duhail, which will be held on Tuesday evening as an initial step in which the Kingdom is committed to providing the transport crew of commentators and analysts, and has begun work on the technical arrangements for that, according to the statement.

The SAFF welcomed the AFC’s decision describing it as “fair,” and encouraging all international federations to take similar measures and decisions.

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