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FIFA to take legal action against pirated sports channel

Thursday, 2018-07-12 08:23:24
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FIFA said on Wednesday it has engaged legal counsel to take action in Saudi Arabia against television channel beoutQ, which is widely available in the kingdom, for continuing to illegally broadcast the 2018 World Cup. Saudi Arabia says beoutQ is not based in the kingdom and that it has “relentlessly” combated the channel’s activities and is committed to protecting international property rights.

* The Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 organizing committees said on Wednesday they had agreed to cooperate on preparations for their respective Summer Games, as Japan gets set to host the Olympics in just over two years and France begins to lay its groundwork.

* Slovakia's Peter Sagan clinched his second stage win of the 2018 Tour de France on Wednesday (Jul 11), beating Sonny Colbrelli and Philippe Gilbert at the uphill finish of stage five. Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and the other overall contenders finished in or close to the main group as overnight leader and Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC) retained the yellow jersey.

* The WTA, ATP and USTA will introduce a shot clock at the US Open and hardcourt events in the run up to the year's final Grand Slam in an attempt to speed up the game, the tennis governing bodies said on Wednesday. Under the new format players will have up to 25 seconds to serve or receive a time violation.

* Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Morocco international Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal, the Bundesliga club announced on Wednesday. An attacking full back, Hakimi started all three of Morocco's games at the World Cup in Russia before they were eliminated in the group stage.

* West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has continued his overhaul of the squad by signing forward Andriy Yarmolenko on a four-year contract from German top division side Borussia Dortmund, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

* Arsenal have signed midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from French Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. France youth international Guendouzi is new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's fifth signing and follows defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, goalkeeper Bernd Leno as well as midfielder Lucas Torreira into the club.

* United States hedge fund Elliott announced it has taken over Italian giants AC Milan after the club's Chinese owners failed to repay debt, saying the deal opened "a new chapter" for the football institution. Elliott Management pledged to inject €50 million (US$59 million) to bring financial stability to the seven-time European champions after Chinese owner Li Yonghong missed a Friday (Jul 6) deadline to repay €32 million.

* English Premier League side Manchester United have invited the Wild Boars football team, like the Chilean miners rescued in 2010, to visit Old Trafford following their dramatic rescue on Tuesday (July 10).

Reuters, CNA
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