beIN Sport files lawsuit against Lebanon's Tele Liban
Rebecca Hawkes | 30 June 2014
Qatar-based TV network beIN Sport has commenced legal proceedings against Lebanon's state broadcaster Tele Liban for allegedly infringing its exclusive World Cup TV rights.
Tele Liban reportedly began broadcasting matches from Brazil on 16 June without authorisation from the network, formerly known as Al Jazeera Sport, which holds the FIFA rights across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
"beIN decided to sue the nation's television channel TL over airing the World Cup games," Ali Alawiyeh, sports analyst at Tele Liban announced before the Brazil vs. Chile game kicked off Saturday (28 June), according to YaLibnan.
Lebanon's national broadcaster was controversially not included in the government's deal with SAMA – beIN Sport's agent in Lebanon – to allow cable TV companies to show World Cup coverage without a premium from 16 June.
A court hearing into the matter is scheduled for Monday 30 June