The Evening Standard

Saudi Arabia appeals against WTO ruling as Newcastle takeover rumbles on

July 30, 2020

Saudi Arabia has appealed against a landmark piracy ruling, placing a fresh question mark on the proposed takeover of Newcastle soccer team by the country’s public investment fund.

Last month the World Trade Organisation issued a report which found representatives of the Saudi state had facilitated the activity of the pirate network beoutQ, which illegally broadcast a host of sporting events including Premier League matches.

Saudi Arabia initially claimed the WTO’s ruling was a vindication, but the WTO has now confirmed receipt of an appeal against it.

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