After the failure of GSA .. a new failure troubles Saudi sports channels
Barely a few days ago, the Saudi online broadcasting platform “GSA”, launched by Saudi Arabia to broadcast the matches of its clubs participating in the 2021 AFC Champions League, failed. Now, even the official Saudi sports channels have ended in a bigger failure.
GSA failed in its first test on April 14th during its broadcast to the match between Al-Nasr (KSA) and Al-Wehdat (Jordan) in Group D of the AFC Champions League.
Football fans and Al-Nasr fans were surprised by the fall of the application and its failure due to the heavy traffic it faced.
As a result, the online platform resorted to addressing this failure by using the YouTube platforms of the official sports channels.
But the failure this time was from the Saudi sports channels themselves.
A technical error caused the interruption of television broadcasting in the Al-Taawoun match against Al-Fateh in the 28th round of the Saudi Professional League.
Al-Taawoun & Al-Fateh match was interrupted for approximately 30 minutes.
When Saudi sports channels returned to broadcasting the match, fans found out that each team had scored a goal.
Al-Taawoun scored in the 11th minute before Al-Fateh’s equalizer in the 16th minute.
Saudi channels were quick to publish an explanation on this matter through their Twitter account.
It claimed that the broadcast interruption was due to a “technical defect.”
“Dear followers, we apologize for the technical flaw in the Al-Taawoun and Al-Fateh match,” the tweet read.
It claimed that the transmission interruption was “due to the interruption of the line connecting to the Saudi sports channels from the carrier.”
After the return of the broadcast, Saudi sports channels re-broadcasted during half-time a summary of the minutes of the match in which the live broadcast was interrupted.
The match between Al-Taawoun and Al-Fatah in the Saudi Professional League ended with the latter’s 4-3 victory.
As a result, the Al-Fateh club ranking advanced to sixth place in the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman League table, with 38 points.
On the other hand, Al-Taawoun’s ranking stopped in fourth place with 41 points from 25 matches.
The majority of Saudi football fans criticized the poor quality of the match’s broadcast, either through GSA or via YouTube channels.