BBC: CAF terminates the contract with beIN sports and demands $80 million

The British press announced on Tuesday afternoon the Confederation of African Football (CAF)'s decision to terminate its contract with Qatari media group beIN.

BBC Sport reported that on September 1, 2023, CAF informed Qatari media group beIN of the termination of the 12-year contract worth $415 million signed in 2017 with immediate effect.

He added that CAF informed beIN Sports of the breach of contract and said it wanted to recover $80 million in payments owed, after which the broadcaster turned to the judiciary to protect its rights.

This came a few days before the African Super Cup where Al-Ahly and USM Algeria meet in Saudi Arabia.

     Separately, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced that the Executive Committee will hold a virtual "online" meeting next Thursday and the meeting will be chaired by CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe is directed.
Al-Ahly and its host, Simba of Tanzania, will open the first edition of the African Football League, bringing together eight clubs. The competitions begin in the quarter-finals with two round-robin matches, followed by the semi-finals and the final. The tournament will take place over a four-week period, starting on October 20 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Spanish Federation dismisses the women's coach...and asks for forgiveness "from the entire society" 

The Spanish Football Federation asked this Tuesday "forgiveness" from the world of football and society as a whole for the "totally unacceptable behavior" of its suspended president Luis Rubiales after he kissed player Jennifer Hermoso on the lips during their country's World Cup celebrations the women's national team in Sydney last month.

The Royal Spanish Federation said in a statement that it "sincerely apologizes... for the completely unacceptable behavior of its highest institutional representative during the final of the 2023 Women's World Cup and in the moments thereafter."

And he added: “The Royal Spanish Football Federation, through its President Pedro Rocha, considers it necessary to demand from world football its most sincere apology, (...) for the absolutely unacceptable behavior of its highest institutional representative during the final and the following Moments that are unacceptable. “It absolutely corresponds to the values of the entire Spanish society, its institutions, representatives, athletes and those responsible for Spanish sport.”

He continued: “The damage caused to Spanish football, Spanish sport, Spanish society and all the values of football and sport by Rubiales’ behavior was enormous.”

Rubiales, 46, sparked international outrage when he unexpectedly kissed midfielder Hermoso on the lips during the medal ceremony following Spain's victory over England in the Women's World Cup final in Sydney on August 20.

Rubiales was suspended by FIFA from all football-related activities at national and international level for a period of 90 days on August 26 and an investigation was opened against him.

A few hours after Rubiales' speech to the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Spanish Federation, in which he refused to resign from his position because he was not allowed to resign "because of a kiss given consensually", he criticized what he called "false Feminism”. , The 23 players crowned with the world title resorted to a strike to participate. With the national team, as long as there are no changes at the top of the association.

But Hermoso said that wasn't the case and that it made her feel like a "victim of aggression."

The Spanish federation said in its statement that it remains committed to improving its "management" in order to "repair" the damage caused and "ensure that this behavior is not repeated."

In another development, the Spanish federation announced on Tuesday the sacking of women's national team coach Jorge Villeda, who is close to Rubiales and whose methods have been criticized by his players, in an expected "restructuring move".

The men's team players also condemned Rubiales' "unacceptable behavior" yesterday in a joint statement read to the media by Atlético de Madrid striker Álvaro Morata.

On Friday, Spain's sports court decided to open an investigation into Rubiales, coinciding with the announcement of the government's intention to ask the sports court to arrest him.

A week ago, the Spanish government, through its National Sports Council, filed a complaint against Rubiales, accusing him of “very serious” violations.
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