The Egyptian Competition Authority has launched action against Fifa, world football’s governing body, claiming the country’s terrestrial broadcasters are being denied coverage of the 2018 World Cup.
Egyptian Premier League club Al Ahly has signed broadcast and sponsorship rights deals with domestic agency Presentation Sports and Saudi company Sela Sport, respectively, in what it claims represents record agreements for the Arab and African football markets.
Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Khalid Abdel-Aziz, has said the National Media Authority is hoping to agree a deal that will allow domestic broadcasters to televise matches from the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
BeIN Media Group has said it will “pursue all legal means” to challenge a ruling from Egyptian authorities handing down a $22.7m (€18.4m) fine to the broadcaster for alleged anti-competitive practices in the North African market.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chief executive of Qatar-owned beIN Media Group, has said he will travel to Switzerland on October 25 to answer questions from Swiss prosecutors amid ongoing investigations into the sale of Fifa World Cup rights, while it has emerged that beIN will be quizzed over alleged monopolistic practices in the Egyptian market.
On January 4, the Egyptian Competition Authority accused Caf of contravening Egyptian competition law – specifically laws surrounding abuse of a dominant position.