French court

PARIS: A day after Saudi Arabia’s plans to host the next Supercoppa were thrown up in the air after Serie A took legal action over TV piracy (read beoutQ) in the kingdom, Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports scored a major legal victory. A French court ruled Thursday that Saudi-headquartered satellite distributor Arabsat was complicit in the beoutQ piracy operation.

Arabsat has had a templated response to repeated accusations over the last two years that it was distributing pirated content from beoutQ - the world’s most notorious pirate broadcasting operation - blanket denial.