Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media has said that it welcomes Fifa’s legal action against the operators of the BeoutQ pirate channel.

Fifa, football’s global governing body, is set to take legal action in Saudi Arabia against the pirate service BeoutQ.

World football’s governing body Fifa is reportedly in line for bonuses of $302m (€243.3m) from its North American broadcast partners should it decide to award hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup to the ‘United 2026’ joint proposal from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has invited media companies to register their interest in showing coverage of the EA Sports Fifa18 Global Series and the Road to the Fifa eWorld Cup 2018 qualification events.

Former Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke has insisted that he did not engage in an “exchange” with beIN Media Group chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi after the office of the Swiss Attorney General (OAG) opened a criminal proceeding against the duo.

The office of the Swiss Attorney General (OAG) confirmed today (Thursday) that it has opened a criminal proceeding against former Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of beIN Media Group, in relation to the award of media rights for the World Cup national team football tournament.

A number of major broadcasters from around the world have complained to Fifa, football’s global governing body, over plans to stage the final of its 2018 World Cup national team competition at the same time as the men’s singles final at next year’s Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament.

Fifa wants Russia to pay more than double what the country is willing to spend on broadcast rights for football’s 2018 World Cup in the country, according to Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko.

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has launched an invitation to tender in Greece for the rights to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The IMG agency has secured the global in-flight and in-ship rights to Fifa’s 2018 World Cup, 2019 Women’s World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup international football tournaments.

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has acquired rights to the 2019 edition of football’s Fifa Women’s World Cup, which will be staged in France.

Aaron Davidson, the former president of the US division of Brazilian sports marketing agency Traffic Sports, will attend a sentencing hearing on April 24 after pleading guilty to corruption charges in a case involving football’s global governing body Fifa.

Chinese internet company LeTV, which operates the Le Sports service, has acquired exclusive rights in Hong Kong for football’s 2018 Fifa World Cup, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has said that the 2015 edition of its Women’s World Cup attracted an all-time record television audience for the national team tournament.

Flow TV, the Caribbean pay-television broadcaster owned by telco Cable & Wireless, has acquired exclusive live rights for football’s Fifa World Cup qualifiers in the region.

Football’s world governing body Fifa has launched the rights sales process in France for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cup national team tournament.

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter has maintained that world football’s governing body is not a corrupt “institution,” adding that he is “clean” amid ongoing criminal investigations into the governance of the sport.

DirecTV is monitoring the US Department of Justice’s investigation into allegations of corruption involving Fifa, football’s global governing body, and the Torneos y Competencias agency, in which the pay-television operator has a minority stake.

Executives from the Full Play, Torneos y Competencias and Traffic Sports agencies were accused today (Wednesday) of corruption in relation to the sale of media and marketing rights surrounding certain football matches and tournaments in the Americas.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Sport has sealed a rights deal in New Zealand for events operated by Fifa, football’s global governing body.

World football’s governing body Fifa has agreed a deal with pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand for the broadcast rights to its 2015 Under-20 World Cup, which is being hosted in the country.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has maintained world football’s governing body did “nothing wrong” in negotiating its new US rights deal for the World Cup, adding the agreement was needed to protect date changes for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

World football’s governing body Fifa has said the 2015 Women’s World Cup will receive the biggest and most advanced broadcast production for a women’s football tournament when it takes place in Canada later this year.

World football’s governing body Fifa will collaborate with the Pitch International agency to launch a new weekly magazine show entitled Fifa Football.