LFP’s Quillot elected president of French anti-piracy body

The French Football League (LFP) chief executive, Didier Quillot, has been elected president of the country’s sport industry anti-piracy body, the Association for the Protection of Sports Programmes (APPS).

Quillot takes on the position for a two-year term, succeeding the organisation’s first president, beIN Media group chief executive Yousef Al-Obaidly.

Al-Obaidly remains a member of the board of directors.

The appointment was agreed at the organisation’s General Assembly on Monday. The members also ratified Mediapro France’s candidacy for the college of observer members.

APPS was created in January 2018 by a collection of major French broadcasters and rights-holders to aid the country’s authorities in tackling sports content piracy, which has become an increasingly global concern.

Major sports federations recently urged the US government to keep Saudi Arabia on its main list of countries that do not adequately protect intellectual property as a result of the widespread piracy of content in the region.

The pirate broadcasting service beoutQ is alleged to be operating from Saudi Arabia.