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Qatari media network beIN Sports has suspended its television service to Egypt following a contract dispute with channel distributor Cable Network Egypt (CNE).

beIN Sport 24 Sugust 2018“beIN Sports Group regrets that it is unable to provide its services on CNE as of 8 January 2019,” the group tweeted. “Our viewers in Egypt can continue to enjoy beIN services on smartphones and other devices through the channel’s website.”

beIN is the regional rights holder of many major football events, including the English Premier League, in which Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, recently crowned African footballer of the year,  plays club football for Liverpool.

In addition, beIN holds the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) rights to all Confederation of African Football (CAF) matches, including the African Cup of Nations, which Egypt is set to host later this year.

Other top flight European football leagues, including France’s LaLiga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A, along with UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League competitions are also carried exclusively by beIN across MENA.

beIN cut its service to the Egyptian cable operator on 8 January 2019 until, the Doha-based company said, “such time that CNE agrees reasonable terms”.

CNE said it is working to find a solution to the problem. Adding in a statement that should the two parties fail to reach an agreement, subscribers would be paid back the remainder of their fees.