While everyone sits glued to their screens watching the FIFA World Cup, a channel showing the World Cup matches in the region has been garnering a lot of attention sometimes even more than the match being played.
Called BeoutQ Sports, UEFA had earlier claimed that the channel was based in Saudi Arabia.
According to Al Arabiya English, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Information has strongly rejected this claim.
The statement said: “The Ministry of Information has become aware of irresponsible accusations made in a UEFA press release regarding an entity known as BeoutQ. UEFA baselessly claims that BeoutQ ‘is based in Saudi Arabia.’ The Ministry of Media unequivocally rejects this claim.”
The claim made by UEFA is contrary to the importance given to intellectual property in the country.
Earlier the Ministry of Commerce had seized thousands of set-top boxes that could be used to violate intellectual property.
The statement by the ministry has also blamed beIN Sports, which is a subsidiary of Al Jazeera of politicizing the World Cup and insulting the country and its fans.