Court adjourns beIN Sport, Tele Liban World Cup hearing
Rebecca Hawkes | 02 July 2014
A court hearing to challenge Tele Liban's right to broadcast matches from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been adjourned until Friday 4 July.
Judge Zalfa al-Hassan postponed the hearing on 30 June to allow himself time to study the claims made by Qatar-based network beIN Sport against the Lebanese state broadcaster.
Tele Liban has been broadcasting World Cup matches since 16 June without authorisation from beIN Sport, which holds the exclusive FIFA TV rights across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Speaking outside Beirut's Justice Palace, TeleLiban director Talal Maqdessi told a LBCI TV reporter the state broadcaster "will defend its rights and the rights of Lebanese citizens."