Football bodies condemn beoutQ for illegal broadcast of AFC Asian Cup 2019 games

MUMBAI: Football governing bodies and European football leagues have issued a joint statement condemning pirate television channel beoutQ for infringing on their intellectual property rights.

The joint statement includes the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Football Association Premier League Limited (The Premier League), Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LaLiga) and DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga (Bundesliga).

The joint statement was triggered by beoutQ’s illegal broadcast of AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 content which infringed on the rights of Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sport, which is the official broadcaster in the Middle East.

“Collectively we, as rights-holders in various football competitions, condemn the pirate entity beoutQ, which continues to abuse the operations of rights holders and legitimate broadcasters through its persistent and illegal screening of events for which it has made no effort to secure the rights; the latest example of which is the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019,” the joint statement read.

“The activities of beoutQ are a clear and flagrant breach of our intellectual property rights. beoutQ’s piracy harms not only us, as rights holders, but also our legitimate licensees and, ultimately, the fans of our competitions. Money raised from the sale of TV rights helps us to support the participants, as well as to develop and grow the sports of which we are guardians from the grassroots up. Piracy kills that investment,” the statement added.

The sports bodies have vowed to “work closely with partners and relevant authorities to enforce and uphold our intellectual property rights and put an end to this widespread piracy issue for everyone’s benefit”.