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With pirate cable operators and streaming sites being tackled, a new piracy ground has opened up for football competitions on Facebook Live.

facebook live futbolResearch published by the Spanish newspaper El País cites several Facebook pages which have managed to create a network of profiles to broadcast football games through Facebook Live, avoiding anti-piracy control measures.

Even though Spain’s La Liga is one of the most pirated competitions, matches from the Champions League, Premier League and Liga MX are also streamed through these networks.

According to the report, the difficulty tracing the origin of the pirate signals make it impossible to find those responsible. Pages like Capitanes del Fútbol, Planeta Fútbol and Fútbol Directo Honduras, which are just regular football fan sites, enable temporary live feeds which are managed from multiple profiles and disappear without trace once a game is over.

What started as a service used by only a few has grown as other pirate platforms have been stopped, with the popular streaming site Rojadirecta being the most recent case.

El País says the latest El Clásico match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid was played by over 4.6 million unique users worldwide, while, for example, Spain’s beIN Sports signal reported 2.2 million legal viewers.

“We have agreements with social media platforms to track illegal content,” an official La Liga spokesman told El País. “But a new feed opens right after one is closed.”