Egypt says will ‘oblige’ FIFA to let it broadcast World Cup games


Egypt has said it will “oblige” FIFA to allow it to broadcast 22 matches of the 2018 World Cup which begins in Russia on Thursday, challenging the control of global soccer’s governing body over broadcasting rights.

Egypt’s Competition Authority (ECA) said FIFA, being the sole organisation able to grant broadcasting rights for the World Cup, was in violation of Egyptian freedom of competition laws, the official gazette said on Tuesday.

Egypt is participating in this year’s World Cup.

The ECA said it had decided to “halt the negative FIFA decision of declining to give broadcast rights for 22 matches of the World Cup in Russia to (Egypt’s) National Media Authority (NMA).

In addition to all its effects, and to oblige FIFA to grant the aforementioned direct terrestrial broadcasting rights”.

It said the decision came after FIFA failed to respond to communication by the…

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