This photo taken on Monday, April 23, 2018, shows an aerial view of the World Cup Luzhniki stadium with the Moscow River and the State University in the background in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
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Qatar's beIN Media Group on Monday urged football's governing body FIFA to take legal action against what it called pirate broadcasters in Saudi Arabia ahead of the World Cup.BeIN says the expensively purchased broadcast rights it has secured for major sporting events in the region – including football's biggest tournament which starts on June 14 – are being undermined by pirate broadcasters operating out of its much larger neighbour.The piracy claim comes at a politically sensitive time in the Gulf, with Qatar boycotted by its neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, in a highly fractious yearlong diplomatic and economic dispute.Saudi Arabia is the largest shareholder of Riyadh-based Arabsat.Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup and its state-owned national carrier Qatar Airways is a FIFA "official partner and airline".
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