Premier League criticises Saudi government for lack of action over broadcast piracy


The Premier League has joined forces with the world footballing establishment to attack Saudi Arabia for failing to stop a broadcaster screening pirated footage of European matches.

Fifa, Uefa, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga also took the unprecedented step of demanding action from the nation's government after admitting a join legal bid to stop Saudi-based beoutQ had fallen flat.

Footballing bodies believe the Middle East nation has so far turned a blind eye to so-called "widespread and flagrant" breaches because of its rift with Qatar, where beIN Sports hold the commercial rights for the Middle East.