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UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has called for all Arabian Gulf League and the President’s Cup football matches to be broadcast free-to-air.

Arabian Gulf League 7 Nov 2018The matches, currently available by subscription on Abu Dhabi Sports and carried by regional pay-TV operator OSN and local telcos Etisalat and du, must now be made unencrypted, according to state news agency WAM.

The Arabian Gulf League, otherwise known as the UAE Pro-League, is the top professional football league in the United Arab Emirates. For the past eight years, the rights to air live matches from the league have been shared by Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) and operator of Dubai Sports channels Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI).

The most recent deal, signed in September 2016, saw the two media groups pay a reported AED 255 million for rights to air the Arabian Gulf League for three years.

Abu Dhabi Media’s broadcast arm LIVE also currently produces coverage of the Arabian Gulf League, Arabian Gulf Cup, Arabian Gulf Super Cup and the U21 League.