The Saudi Competition Authority announced on Tuesday, "beIN Sports" channels 10 million riyals and the cancellation of their permit in Saudi Arabia, as a result of its monopolistic practices during the European Cup 2016 matches held in France.

The authority issued an official statement saying: After conducting investigations and investigations regarding complaints lodged against "beIN Sports" channels, it was found that its exploitation of the dominant position and monopolistic practices of those wishing to watch its exclusive broadcast of the Euro 2016 championship, such as forcing those wishing to continue to participate in non-sports packages, Renewing their participation in the basic package for an additional year, despite the fact that the subscription period is valid and covers the period during which the tournament was held, as well as by including the value of the participation in the costs of tournaments and sports that may not interest the participants, which is a violation of the competition system and its executive regulations.

She added: The Authority’s board of directors has taken the necessary measures to stop the practices and eliminate the monopolistic violations committed by the group while calculating the daily fine determined in the competition system at its highest level to remove the damage from the beneficiaries of its services in Saudi Arabia, but “beIN Sports” did not implement the provisions of the decision and resorted to challenging it before the court The administrative court in Riyadh, and the administrative judiciary concluded that the lawsuit filed by the company against the General Authority for Competition was not accepted. ”

The General Authority for Competition increased:“ The Administrative Court, in its first instance and the appeal, upheld the decision of the Committee to adjudicate violations of the competition system and the judge fined BN Sport 10 million Saudi riyals Canceling her license in Saudi Arabia permanently, and compelling her to return all the gains she obtained as a result of the violation, and publishing the decision at her expense.

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