beIN Sports to return to Saudi Arabia

beIN Sports has been allowed to broadcast in Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the end of the blockade against Qatar. It was unclear if the ban was officially lifted but several cafes and restaurants in the capital Riyadh were using satellite dishes to show games of the Premier League on beIN Sports channels.

“Our website is still fully blocked in Saudi Arabia and we have received no official communication from the Saudi authorities to suggest that our license has been re-instated,” announced a spokesperson of beIN. “However, like everyone, we are hopeful of positive moves by Saudi to allow beIN operations back in the country after 3.5 years. We await to see.”

beIN Sports has been blocked from broadcasting in Saudi Arabia since June 2017 due to the blockade and its license was permanently canceled by Saudi’s General Authority for Competition (GAC) in July 2020. However, in 2018, beIN filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO), saying Saudi Arabia was blocking beIN from broadcasting in the kingdom and said it had refused to take effective action against alleged piracy of beIN’s content by, a commercial-scale pirating operation, beoutQ.