How to watch World Cup 2018: FIFA says no online streaming of final
Posted On August 9, 2021
Brazil will host the World Cup on home soil this summer, but that won’t be a digital or streaming option for the world’s football fans.
Instead, the World Rugby has said no online streams will be allowed during the tournament, with no online broadcasting allowed.
The decision comes in the wake of the deadly earthquake that struck Brazil and has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless.
The decision came as Brazil faced criticism from human rights advocates for not providing any relief for the dead and injured.
“In light of the tragic earthquake in the state of São Paulo, the FA has decided to not allow the public access to social media during the World Cups 2018 in Brazil,” FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We will not allow people to view the live event on social media platforms during the games.”
World Rugby, which is owned by a group of investors including the billionaire Robert Thomson, said it will not be allowing online streams during the matches, but it will allow people with valid digital subscriptions to stream live content during the group stage.
The group said it would allow users with valid mobile and broadband internet subscriptions to watch the matches live, but those with no mobile or broadband internet would have to wait until the group stages.
It also said that those without internet access would have no chance of seeing matches live.
“We are confident in our decision to not support the use of online streaming during the event,” World Rugby said.
“A significant number of people who do not have access to broadband internet will not have a chance to watch live football during the Group A matches, and that includes people who are unable to access the internet due to health conditions, disabilities, or other issues.”