Abu Dhabi Sports, the sports operation of the United Arab Emirates-based Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), and free-to-air digital sports broadcaster L'Equipe have acquired rights to show the latter stages of Italian soccer’s Coppa Italia knockout cup competition in the Middle East and France, respectively.
Both platforms will provide free-to-air coverage of the upcoming two-legged semi-finals and the final.
The semi-final ties will see AC Milan face local rivals Inter Milan and Fiorentina take on Juventus, with the first legs to be played on Tuesday (March 1) and Wednesday (March 2).
The second legs will be played on April 20 and 21, with the final to be held in May.
Italy’s top-flight Serie A is still without a broadcast rights partner in the Middle East for this season, but it is understood that ADM is interested in securing a rights deal from next season.
The top Italian league has been showing its games in the Middle East on YouTube this year.
Serie A rights in France are held by international pay-TV broadcaster BeIN Sports.
Meanwhile, Sportdigital Fussball (formerly just Sportdigital), the German subscription-based television and internet broadcaster, and digital soccer platform OneFootball have secured rights to the Turkish Cup in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
The two platforms will provide live coverage of the remaining stages of the domestic cup competition, with the quarter-finals to begin on March 1.
Sportdigital Fussball and OneFootball began broadcasting the Turkish Cup from the round of 16 earlier this month.
Games are shown on Sportdigital Fussball’s pay-TV channel and OneFootball’s streaming service.
This marks the latest collaboration between the respective sports platforms after also teaming up to show last summer’s Copa America and the recent Africa Cup of Nations.