FIFA’s disciplinary Committee has decided to charge the Saudi and the UAE Football federations with fines for non-compliance with rights of the media during the World Cup qualifiers.
Saudi Arabia has been told to pay 7500 Swiss francs in addition to a warning with regards to violation of media obligations during a match against UAE. For a similar violation, warning along with a fine of 20000 swiss francs was issued against UAE federation for their match against Iraq.
According to reports, Saudi and the UAE national teams refused to appear on the network of Qatar-owned ‘beIN Sports’ channels during their qualifier matches.
Meanwhile FIFA confirmed a number of warning and fine imposed for incidents that occurred during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
In addition to the media violations, Saudi and the UAE federations were warned for pitch invasion by their supporters, security issues, delayed kick off and improper conduct among spectators.