Egyptian clubs boycott beIN Sports, Mido resigns from the Qatari network
Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek have announced that the clubs will boycott the Qatari Sports network beIN Sports following the rift between Qatar and several Arab countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Zamalek’s president Moratada Mansour has announced that the club decided to ban the sports network reporters from entering the club premises or covering any press conference, before Al Ahly decided to follow their rivals’ footsteps.
BeIN Network, who have the rights for broadcasting CAF Champions League games in Middle East and North Africa, won’t have their cameras and reporters allowed onto the pitch for Zamalek’s game against Ahli Tripoli according to Mansour.
“Zamalek won’t permit beIN to broadcast our game against Ahli Tripoli , we won’t allow their cameras into the stadium. We hope Al Ahly and Smouha support our decision and take the same action,” Mansour said.
Minutes later, Al Ahly’s executive manager Shereen Shams, announced that the club decided to boycott beIN Sports Network, banning their reporters from entering the club for any media coverage and stopping any cooperation between the club and the network.
On the other hand, Wadi Degla manager Ahmed Hossam “Mido”, who was working as a pundit for the Qatari network, has announced his resignation from his work following Egypt’s decision to break diplomatic relations with the Gulf country.
“Today I apologize I can’t continue working at beIN sports,” Mido has said on his twitter account.
It worth a mention that the rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has forced Abdel-Shafy’s Ahli Jeddah to cancel their sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, who used to be the shirt sponsor for the Jeddah-based side.
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