As the FIFA World Cup semi-finals approach and it’s just all everyone can think or talk about, the politics -unfairly – being attached to the game don’t seem to go away.
In the early days of the World Cup, a channel called BeoutQ , started gaining lots of attention.
Wimbledon has released a statement that states BeoutQ is based out of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia denied the statement completely and called it inaccurate and irresponsible.
The General Commission for Audiovisual Media of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia @gcamsa unequivocally rejects Wimbledon’s allegations which are baseless and without any evidence regarding the broadcasting pirate entity known as “beoutQ”#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/6c8JQZL4xh
— الهيئة العامة للإعلام المرئي والمسموع (@gcamsa) July 6, 2018
Earlier, EFA also claimed that the channel was based in Saudi Arabia but the Saudi Ministry of Information strongly rejected the claim.
According to the ministry, “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.”
Both claims are contrary to the importance given to intellectual property in the country.