Egyptian officials say that Issa Hayatou, the president of African football’s governing body CAF, has been referred to prosecutors for investigation over allegedly abusing his position.
At issue is a deal awarding the broadcast rights to several African football tournaments to a media company, Lagardere Sports.
According to the Egyptian Competition Authority, Mr Hayatou is suspected of not opening up the tender to free and fair competition as required by Egyptian law.
CAF is based in Cairo so the authorities say it must follow their laws. CAF had no comment to make, while Mr Hayatou could not be reached.
Lagardere is not the subject of the referral, but says the allegation is wholly unfounded.