Qatar won't broadcast F1 in the Middle East

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Qatar has said that it won't renew the contract to broadcast F1 tournaments in the Middle East, Pitpass reported.

Last year, admitting there was an issue with piracy in the region, Formula One Management released a statement in which it referred to problems with Saudi Arabia's beoutQ, claiming that F1 was being broadcast without having acquired the rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

beoutQ was launched in 2017 after Saudi Arabia began a trade boycott of Qatar, having accused the Gulf state of aiding terrorism.

In a statement explaining the decision to end its contract, Tom Keaveny, the managing director of BeIN, made it clear that he feels FOM hasn't done enough to combat the piracy problem.

"A rights-holder's stance on beoutQ's piracy – in other words, whether they're taking legal action, making a public stand, and doing everything within their power to combat the industrial-scale theft of their rights – is a critical factor that we're now considering when bidding," he said.

Qatar uses Al Jazeera and other networks to promote terror, destabilize Arab states, and slander Arab rulers. 

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