CAF amends rules to combat broadcast piracy

The Confederation of African Football, the continental governing body for football in Africa, has amended its statutes to strengthen its fight against broadcast piracy of its competitions.

CAF’s executive committee has agreed upon the need to protect competitions such as its flagship Cup of Nations national team tournament.

In order to legislate on this matter, a clause has been added to the rules of each CAF competition that threatens to exclude any team from the event concerned, along with suspending it for the next edition.

The clause reads: “The national associations are required to ensure compliance with the contractual obligations of CAF on TV and marketing rights. In case of non–compliance by the national association, or fraudulent broadcast of TV signal, the team shall be excluded from the competition and will be suspended for the next edition.”