FIFA notes with disappointment the decision of the European Court of Justice on Thursday 18 July.
The ECA said it had decided to “halt the negative FIFA decision of declining to give broadcast rights for 22 matches of the World Cup in Russia to (Egypt’s) National Media Authority and all its effects، and to oblige FIFA to grant the aforementioned direct terrestrial broadcasting rights”.
The 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage exceeded and will vastly exceed this allocation in Europe.
In many cases in 2010, all 64 World Cup matches were made available via free to air television in Europe.
FIFA’s objection to the original ruling was based on the folowing:
FIFA’s established policies as detailed above already act as a powerful safeguard for acess to matches of national importance.
Media landscape and the way that consumers access coverage to sports change constantly and require restrictive regulation