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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Egyptian court fines Paris Saint-Germain president for BeIN anti-trust breach

The court accuses beIN of forcing its Egyptian customers to replace their existing satellites to obtain their services

Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari president Nasser Al Khelaifi reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid on March 6, 2018, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Franck Fife / AFP
Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari president Nasser Al Khelaifi reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid on March 6, 2018, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Franck Fife / AFP

Qatar's beIN Sports chief executive Nasser Al Khelaifi, who is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain, was hit with a second anti-trust fine by an Egyptian court on Monday.

The court accuses beIN of forcing its Egyptian customers to replace their existing satellites to obtain their services.

A fine of 400 million Egyptian pounds (Dh83.4m) has been handed down after prosecution by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) in a Cairo economic court.

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The fine is the second one BeIN has incurred in Egypt after a similar one was imposed in January.

The decision imposed comes at a politically-charged time for the two countries, with ties between Egypt and Qatar deeply strained.

Egypt was one of several countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, which broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran.

Qatar denies the allegations.