The main victim was its flagship competition the final tournament of the Total Africa Cup of Nations, organised in Egypt from June 21-July 19, in which TV broadcasts of all 36 matches in the group were fraudulently diverted and made available on beoutQ, with the support of Arabsat. CAF notes that Arabsat has ignored requests to take down the illegal transmissions.
CAF adds that only beIN Sports has a contract from CAF to broadcast, on an exclusive basis and with the right to sub-license, the matches of the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019 on the countries of North Africa and Middle East, in particular, while the Egyptian channel Time Sport Channel, as the host TV of the Competition, is authorised by CAF to broadcast the games by free DTT throughout the territory of Egypt.
CAF concludes by saying it “strongly condemns the acts of piracy committed by BeoutQ that directly threaten the ambitions of valorisation, influence and development of the African football and CAF.
It therefore “urges BeoutQ to put an end to these piracy acts. CAF also intends, in compliance with its statutory missions, to join the steps taken by the main rights holders harmed (including FIFA, UEFA, AFC, Liga, Premier League and Bundesliga) and to take all necessary measures and actions against entities that commit, or are complicit in the commission of, these piracy acts, including proceedings”.