Egyptian FA support ban on Qatar-based beIN Sports
Wednesday 07/June/2017 - 08:04 PM
According to reports from North Africa، the Egyptian Football Association has decided to ban the Qatar-based broadcasting company beIN Sports.
The EFA has since urged all Egyptian clubs to ban the media house in reporting on all football-related events.
The Ahram Sports website reports that Egypt is cutting diplomatic relations with Qatar due to what it said was the Gulf country's ongoing support for terrorist ideologies and meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt.
Meanwhile، a total of six Arab governments decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar including Egypt، Saudi Arabia، United Arab Emirates، Bahrain، Libya and Yemen، citing Doha's support for Islamist groups.
"The Egyptian FA fully supports the long-awaited decisions of the political administration against an entity that has repeatedly tried to harm our country،" a statement by the EFA read.
"In agreement we call on all Egyptian clubs and their personnel to suspend all activities with the Qatari sports channels on all contracts or in programming in rejection of the Qatari attitude."
Furthermore، the EFA said it trusted that the millions of Egyptian fans would support these decisions to defend the country against whoever tries to harm its security and safety.
Egyptian Premier League clubs such as Al Ahly، Zamalek and SC Smouha who are involved in CAF inter-club competitions، have echoed the EFA's stance.
The Qatar-based company holds the exclusive rights to cover the CAF African Champions League and the Confederation Cup.
Although the satellite giants will be allowed to broadcast the games، they are banned from conducting other media coverage inside the clubs or holding interviews.
Furthermore، Wadi Degla manager Ahmed Hossam Mido who was working as a pundit for the Qatari network has since resigned.