Political paralysis prevents sign-off of free-to-air World Cup deal in Lebanon

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Football fans in Lebanon have been left without free-to-air television coverage of the ongoing Fifa World Cup due to a state of political paralysis in the Middle Eastern country.

Despite heightened interest in the first World Cup showpiece to take place in the Mena region, the government ‘vacuum’ has prevented the sign-off of a sublicensing agreement between Télé Liban, the government-owned public broadcaster, and rights-holder beIN Sports.

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