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More Controversy in Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup: Streaming Services Blocked in Saudi Arabia, Know Why

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While football fans around the world remain glued to their televisions due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup being hosted by Qatar, fans in Saudi Arabia were confused after the football tournament’s official streaming platform was seemingly blocked.

The platform streaming the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Saudi Arabia is Tod TV, a Qatari broadcaster that had been banned in the country for several years. Tod TV was only reinstated in Saudi Arabia in October 2021 and has been banned again, without any explanation.

BeIN, the owner of Tod TV, said in a statement: “Due to matters beyond our control, we are experiencing an outage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, currently affecting TOD.tv, the official streaming partner of the FIFA World Cup. Qatar 2022. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Tod TV is the official World Cup streaming service in 24 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, according to UKTN reports. Several subscribers from around the world said that they have not been able to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup since November 20.

In earlier years, the beIN group was banned in Saudi Arabia when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s 37-year-old de facto ruler, announced a regional boycott of Qatar from June 2017, the same month he became the first in line for the throne.

It is not the first time that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been marred by controversy. Many are calling for the boycott of the World Cup because of the strict rules against the country’s LGBTQ community and the dress code rule imposed on the female audience.

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