By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:26 GMT, 14 January 2020 | Updated: 23:35 GMT, 14 January 2020
Formula One bosses have been accused of getting into bed with the Saudis who ‘stole’ their own TV rights deal.
The claim follows the revelation in Sportsmail that F1 is poised to sign a £50million-a-year deal to stage a grand prix in Saudi Arabia, possibly as early as next year.
At issue is the $200m (£150m) contract agreed between F1 and Qatar-based beIN Media to televise F1 over five years. The contract expired at the end of 2018 and was not renewed, with BeIN complaining that pirate broadcasters based in Saudi Arabia had by then undermined their Middle East and North African exclusivity.