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Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansion

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar inaugurated the first of seven new World Cup 2022 stadiums on Thursday, just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state's borders to accommodate a larger format.


F1 goes free-to-air in Middle East under new MBC deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One will be broadcast live and free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa under a new five-year deal with MBC Group, the sport announced on Wednesday.


AFC gets experts to combat pirate TV channel beoutQ

(Reuters) - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is roping in experts to step up its fight against Intellectual Property (IP) theft by pirate channel beoutQ that illegally broadcast last month's Asian Cup, the confederation said on Tuesday.

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Qatar aims to build $20 billion sports sector ahead of World Cup

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar wants to attract more sports companies to the Gulf state, aiming to develop a $20 billion (15.51 billion pounds) sports sector ahead of the 2022 World Cup, a senior official said on Sunday.


NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged Saudi TV piracy

DOHA (Reuters) - A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its "priority watch list" over alleged TV piracy, filings show.


Motor racing - Qatar's beIN says it is not renewing F1 deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar-based beIN Sports said on Friday it had decided not to renew a contract for the rights to broadcast Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa as a consequence of piracy in the region.

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Zaccheroni backs fast-improving Asian Cup hosts to get past Qatar

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Alberto Zaccheroni believes it will be much harder to win the Asian Cup this year than when he led Japan to their 2011 triumph but is confident his fast-improving United Arab Emirates side will get past Qatar in Tuesday's semi-final.


UAE open to co-hosting World Cup if Qatar rift resolved: sports chief

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates sports chief Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi believes the Gulf nation would welcome an approach to co-host the 2022 World Cup if its deep political rift with Qatar is resolved.


Leagues and governing bodies condemn beoutQ TV piracy

LONDON (Reuters) - International soccer bodies and some of Europe's leading leagues issued a joint statement on Tuesday condemning pirate television channel beoutQ and vowing to defend their intellectual property rights.


Premier League to take legal action over pirate channel

(Reuters) - England's Premier League has appointed legal counsel to take action in Saudi Arabia against illegal pirate channel "beoutQ".