BeIN’s signal has been blocked in Saudi Arabia ever since the kingdom severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar [Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters]

Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports has said it will take legal action against the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), accusing the governing body of breaching a multi-million-dollar rights deal by streaming its matches in Saudi Arabia online.

On Tuesday, the AFC said it would start streaming its games involving Saudi teams in the country for free on its geo-blocked Facebook and YouTube channels.

It said the move would fulfil its commitment to promote its competitions “for the benefit of all our stakeholders”.

With beIN Sports holding exclusive TV rights to these matches, viewers in Saudi Arabia were reliant on a subscription to watch AFC

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