A soccer ball with the sign of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is seen before the Adidas annual news conference in Herzogenaurach, Germany March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo
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Qatar's beIN Media Group 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 neighbor.Daniel Markham, a beIN U.K. executive director, said FIFA should be more involved in the case as it has implications for other rights holders.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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