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CAF Condemns BeoutQ For AFCON Piracy

Africa’s football body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has come out strongly against beoutQ.

The Saudi-backed pirate network was recently denounced by FIFA, and it has been revealed by a French court that Arabsat was distributing the channel.
Now, as the African Cup of Nations nears its final stages, CAF has released a statement strongly condemning the pirate operation for its broadcast of the tournament.

CAF’s statement said that beoutQ had broadcast all 36 matches in the group phase fraudulently with the assistance of the satellite provider Arabsat. Arabsat has ignored to obey the orders to take down the illegal transmissions.

CAF said that the broadcasting rights for AFCON had been granted to its official broadcast partners on an exclusive basis and that it condemns the callous acts of piracy committed by beoutQ that threaten the development and ambitions of African football and CAF.

BeoutQ was initially set up as a part of a cultural blockade on beIN Media. However, since it was launched in 2017, broadcasters from all across the globe have seen their content being pirated by the pirate channel.

Last month, beIN fired 300 staff members based in Qatar, specifically because of the pirate actions of beoutQ.

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