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Football associations join forces to condemn Pirate TV service


Football associations have joined forces to condemn the piracy of live football feeds attributed to Saudi Arabian beoutQ.

The service is blamed for making pirated live games widely available on the internet, often sourced from Qatari rival BeIN Sports, but also including content from Eleven Sports.

A joint statement was issued on behalf of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Football Association Premier League Limited (The Premier League), Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LaLiga) and DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga (Bundesliga),

The statement condemned the service, which it said "continued to abuse the operations of rights holders and legitimate broadcasters." 

Saudi authorities deny the service originates from their country.

The full statement:
"Collectively, we, as rights-holders in various football competitions, condemn the pirate entity beoutQ, which continues to abuse the operations of rights holders and legitimate broadcasters through its persistent and illegal screening of events for which it has made no effort to secure the rights; the latest example of which is the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
"The activities of beoutQ are a clear and flagrant breach of our intellectual property rights. beoutQ's piracy harms not only us, as rights holders, but also our legitimate licensees and, ultimately, the fans of our competitions. Money raised from the sale of TV rights helps us to support the participants, as well as to develop and grow the sports of which we are guardians from the grassroots up. Piracy kills that investment.
"We will work closely with partners and relevant authorities to enforce and uphold our intellectual property rights and put an end to this widespread piracy issue for everyone's benefit."