beIN Sports Group have reacted to the press release coming from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that stated that its licence with the Qatari-based company will be terminated permanently, and as a result beIN will be fined 10 million Saudi Riyals, which is the equivalent of around £2.13 million.
The broadcasters have since reacted to this news in a statement, which was relayed by Matt Slater on his official Twitter page. As per the statement, beIN did not seem best pleased, claiming that it is ‘plainly absurd’ that the KSA could think that banning them permanently could lead in any way to promoting competition.
The company also questioned as to how fans in Saudi Arabia would be able to watch games from the Premier League given that they can no longer watch them on beIN Sports.
— Matt Slater (@mjshrimper) July 14, 2020
Indeed, it is unclear as to how the top flight will take this piece of news. On one side, they may be annoyed that they may potentially lose viewers in the Middle East due to the banning of beIN Sports in the KSA, but on the other hand they may be pleased that the Saudis could be trying to clamp down on their piracy issues further by doing this.
England’s highest division have also yet to disclose as to whether the buying side have passed the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) set out by them, another possible stumbling block in the whole takeover saga.
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Nevertheless, only time will tell as to whether the league will approve of the £300 million deal between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabian-led group, as an official announcement is yet to be made.
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