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Posted On: 30 April 2020 01:40 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

BeIN Sports asks Premier League to block Saudi Newcastle deal over piracy issues -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 150

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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? We take a moment to bring you all the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

25 April 2020

Qatar calls for ending unjust and unlawful blockade imposed on it

The State of Qatar has renewed the call to end the unjust and unlawful blockade imposed on it, stressing the disappointment of the accounts upon which the blockading countries relied on to undermine the State of Qatar and its sovereign decision, as well as the failure of the policies that relied on the separation of brotherly peoples. It stated that these policies have affected the solidarity and regional cooperation, which has become more necessary amid the outbreak of the corona pandemic (Covid-19).

This came in a statement by HE Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, in writing to the UN Security Council, which held a virtual meeting on Thursday, on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue."

Her Excellency pointed to the crisis created by the blockading countries with the State of Qatar, saying that it is "one of the crises that have complicated the situation in the region and cast negative shadows on its security and stability. The crisis that they unlawfully fabricated, under the pretext of flimsy states that imposed an unjust blockade, and Illegal unilateral actions on my country in June 2017, she noted.

22 April 2020

BeIN Sports asks Premier League to block Saudi Newcastle deal over piracy issues

Qatari-based media giant beIN Media Group expressed its concerns over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the purchase of Newcastle United due to the Saudis' alleged role in illegally streaming football matches. beIN Sports is the current holder of the rights to show Premier League football in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Doha has accused the Saudis of illegally streaming games which Qatar-based beIN Sport, has the rights to, using a pirate Arabic-language television network, reported MiddleEast Monitor.

Former Sky Sports presenter and beIN host Richard Keys has been particularly vocal in his opposition to the takeover, which is being funded by Saudi's Public Investment Fund, controlled by Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

'This is about beIN Sports - the legitimate holders of Premier League rights in MENA - and beoutQ - a Saudi-owned pirate operator, that has been stealing the intellectual rights of the legal owner for the last three years.

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(Cover photo credit: AFP)