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Posted On: 14 May 2020 12:00 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Geopolitical stand-off in the Newcastle takeover -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 152

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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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.

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.

According to Daily Mail, 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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