Live

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:00 PM-08:00 PM

LIVE: Off The Ball
BeIN Sports warn Premier Leagu...
Soccer

BeIN Sports warn Premier League over Newcastle takeover

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

10:51 22 Apr 2020

BeIN Sports has written to the Premier League and its clubs about the deal, which could see Newcastle bought by a Saudi-backed consortium.

BeIn Sports is one of the largest overseas broadcast partners to the Premier League and the chief executive of the Qatar-based TV giant wants the Premier League to block Newcastle's proposed £300m takeover.

Mike Ashley is believed to be close to selling his stake in club to a sovereign wealth fund headed by Amanda Staveley and funded by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Chief executive of the beIN Sports, Yousef al-Obaidly has written to the chairs of top-flight clubs about the deal, stating that Saudi Arabia should be held accountable for a pirate network which illegally transmits English top-flight games.

Al-Obaidly accuses the Saudi Arabian government of the "facilitation of the near three-year theft of the Premier League's commercial rights - and in turn your club's commercial revenues - through its backing of the huge-scale beoutQ pirate service".

It started its illegal streaming activities in 2017, the same year Saudi and Qatar became involved in a significant political dispute.

The Premier League was among a number of organisations who called on Saudi state satellite operator Arabsat to stop providing a platform for a pirate network they said was "abusing" the game.

Last July the Premier League also said it had spoken to nine law firms in Saudi Arabia about pursuing a copyright complaint against beoutQ.

Broadcaster beoutQ has been illegally showing matches - mainly in Saudi Arabia - despite the rights to show games in the region belonging to beIN Sports, who are currently in the middle of a three-year deal with the Premier League worth more than €500m.

The attempt to block the bid comes after comments from Amnesty International, who have written to the Premier League's chief executive Richard Masters to highlight the "dire human rights situation" in Saudi Arabia.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

BeIn Sports Mike Ashley Newcastle Premier League Saudi Arabia

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:00 PM-08:00 PM

Share

Up next

Repeat: Friday Night Racing

Repeat: Friday Night Racing

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

Team 33

Team 33

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-01:00 PM

Share

LIVE: OTB Weekend

LIVE: OTB Weekend

01:00 PM-01:30 PM

Share

LIVE: The Saturday Panel

LIVE: The Saturday Panel

01:30 PM-02:30 PM

Share

LIVE: OTB Weekend

LIVE: OTB Weekend

02:30 PM-03:00 PM

Share

LIVE: OTB Football Saturday

LIVE: OTB Football Saturday

03:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

05:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on