Thailand yet to get copyright for AFC Asian Cup

By VNA   January 8, 2024 | 06:28 pm PT
Thailand yet to get copyright for AFC Asian Cup
Thailand midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin (number 18) leaves the field after picking up an injury during the game against China in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers on Nov. 16, 2023. Photo by the Football Association of Thailand
The Asian Cup is approaching but Thai fans still don't know how to watch the tournament, as Thailand is not named in a list of 201 countries and territories securing the right to broadcast the event.

The AFC has confirmed that the live broadcast of the Thai team's matches at the tournament is not up to the Football Federation of Thailand, but to whether domestic broadcasters successfully negotiate with the right's holder.

Earlier, the Thai government has urged the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) to resolve the copyright issue of the Asian Cup 2023, but the SAT said it was facing financial difficulties and needed cooperation from businesses and broadcasters.

Currently, broadcasters in Thailand are hesitant because they think it is difficult to make a profit from the Asian Cup 2023 as the national team are in the same group with strong rivals Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kyrgyzstan, and the Thai team are likely to be early eliminated in the absence of stars such as Chanathip Songkrasin, Teerasil Dangda, and Ekanit Panya.

SAT is planning to only buy the broadcasting rights for Thailand's matches in the group stage at the tournament, including matches against Kyrgyzstan on Jan. 16, Oman (Jan. 21), and Saudi Arabia (Jan. 25) but it is unlikely that AFC will agree to this option.

Football fans in Asia will be gearing up for some high-octane extravaganza as the 2023 AFC Asian Cup will begin on Jan. 12, in Qatar. The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be the tournament's 18th edition and will consist of 24 national teams, divided into six groups.

Vietnam are placed in group D of the tournament together with Japan, Iraq, and Indonesia.

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