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The CEO of Qatar’s beIN Media, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has been referred by Egypt’s prosecutor-general to an economic court charged with violating Egypt’s laws to prevent monopolistic practices.

beIN MEDIA GROUP 20 Oct 2017One alleged violation regards beIN channels’ move from the Egyptian satellite Nilesat to Qatar’s satellite Es’hailsat. Another alleged breach is over the pay-TV operator’s packages, which require that subscribers pay for content they may not be interested in, Egyptian publication Ahram reports.

beIN Media holds media rights across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to major FIFA, CAF, and UEFA football competitions, as well as top flight European league football.

A spin-off of Al Jazeera, the Qatari media network shares a turbulent history with Egypt. beIN Media, like its parent company’s news channels, is no longer available to Egyptian viewers – unless an existing subscription was held (and is still valid) before economic ties were cut between Egypt and Qatar on 5 July.

The news from Cairo comes a week after Swiss federal prosecutors announced Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke are under investigation for suspected bribery, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document in connection to the award of World Cup broadcast rights.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said in a statement it believed Valcke had “accepted undue advantages ... from Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030”.

The investigation, which began in March 2017, is being conducted in partnership with authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

The Qatar-based group said: “beIN Media Group refutes all allegations by OAG. The company will fully co-operate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation.”

In addition to heading up beIN Media, Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been chairman of French football club Paris St-Germain since 2011.