Football governing body FIFA has said that it has engaged legal counsel to take action in Saudi Arabia against television channel beoutQ for continuing to illegally broadcast the 2018 World Cup. Also Read - Drishyam 2 Full HD Available For Free Download Online on Tamilrockers and Other Torrent Sites

Issuing a statement on Wednesday, FIFA said, “FIFA has observed that the pirate entity named ‘beoutQ’ continues to use illegally the 2018 FIFA World Cup broadcast signal.” Also Read - Lionel Messi Ban: Barcelona Star Could be Suspended For 12 Games Following Red-Card in Spanish Super Cup Final

“Accordingly, FIFA has engaged counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia and is working alongside other sports rights owners that have also been affected to protect its interest,” the statement added. Also Read - Hansi Flick Should Have Won The Best FIFA Coach Award, Says Jose Mourinho

However, Saudi Arabia has denied that beoutQ is based in the kingdom, adding that it has “relentlessly” combated the channel’s activities and is committed to protecting international property rights.

Last month, FIFA had warned that it was exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights over beoutQ’s airing of the opening games of the soccer tournament taking place in Russia.

The sports governing body further urged the authorities of Saudi Arabia and of the different countries where such illegal activities have been observed to “support us in the fight against piracy”.

(With inputs from Reuters)