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It was unimaginable to see Ibn Salman wearing the flag of Qatar -

It was unimaginable to see Ibn Salman wearing the flag of Qatar –

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homeland– said the newspaperThe New York TimesIt was not possible to see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wearing a Qatari scarf; Because only two years ago; He led a regional boycott against Qatar, and stole the rights to broadcast BN Sports through a piracy network supported by the Saudi government.”

The Saudi-Qatari rapprochement

On the other hand, she indicated that despite this rapprochement, frustrations are exacerbating in the Kingdom, especially in light of the Saudis being prevented from watching the World Cup via platforms.BN Sports.”

As there is still a dispute over the rights to broadcast the World Cup matches in Saudi Arabia, because the BN Sports Group told subscribers in the Kingdom that the network had been suspended due to an unspecified violation of the regulations, according to the same source.

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The controversial issue, according to the newspaper, is the coincidence of the problem of Qatari distributed broadcasting in Saudi Arabia, with “the fraternal bond witnessed in the runways at the World Cup between host Qatar and its neighbor Saudi Arabia.”

Where the fans arrived in order to follow the Qatar World Cup 2022, wearing the flags of the two countries.

And the matter is not limited to the masses, as the rulers of the two countries showed a public display of support for each other, when Mohammed bin Salman appeared holding the hand of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, during the opening match of the World Cup that brought the Qatari team together with its Ecuadorian counterpart.

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This unprecedented convergence, the newspaper says, was unimaginable to see.

It was also unimaginable that Prince Mohammed bin Salman would be granted such a prominent position in Doha on the occasion of his attendance at the World Cup, which Qatar is hosting.

Especially since he is the same person who two years ago led a regional boycott against the country hosting the World Cup.

He is also the person who oversaw the theft of a years-long effort to bein sports, by a multi-billion dollar Saudi-backed hacker network.

Why was “BN Sports” banned in Saudi Arabia?

Today, despite the Saudi-Qatari rapprochement in Doha, this is not the case in Riyadh.

Where the official agent of the Qatari media group, Bein Sports, was banned in Saudi Arabia, “Tod TV,” a broadcast service that was launched last January.

But suddenly, broadcasting rights were cut off from the platform an hour before the opening match of the tournament on Sunday.

This means that the Saudis were unable to follow the scene of the crown prince in their country and the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, wearing a Qatari scarf, sitting on a seat next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and next to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

It is reported that since the relative improvement in relations after the Al-Ula Summit, the Kingdom began considering buying a stake in beIN.

It has already signed a $130 million marketing agreement with the Qatari company.

The only official message so far was from the Ministry of Information, telling subscribers trying to log into their accounts that the network had been suspended due to an unspecified violation of regulations.

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As for TOD.tv, it wrote on its official accounts that “due to matters beyond our control, we are witnessing an outage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is currently affecting the official broadcast partner of the World Cup.” FIFA Qatar 2022 ″.

While the Saudi Ministry of Information did not respond to an email for comment.

Muhammad bin Salman wears the flag of Qatar and embraces the President of Algeria (witness)

FIFA, which has become close to Saudi Arabia and encouraged the Gulf kingdom to bid to host the 2030 World Cup, also did not respond to a request for comment.

It is noteworthy that “Majid Al-Qasabi” is the one who heads the Ministry of Information in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he is also a member of the board of directors of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, the entity that is currently involved in talks to buy a stake in beIN.

These problems come days after Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed all Saudi state institutions to support Qatar in its efforts to host the World Cup.