Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone was accused of striking a "corrupt bargain" in a bid to maintain his grip on the sport, at the start of a hearing in London's High Court.
A German media group, Constantin Medien, which claims it lost out in a deal to sell the Formula One group, has launched legal action against the British tycoon and three other defendants.
Swiss prosecutors announced on Tuesday they were opening their own probe into the issue, in the latest challenge to Ecclestone's authority in a sport he had helped turn into a billion-dollar business.
Ecclestone was not in court on Tuesday but is expected to give evidence next week.
The key charge levelled against him is that...
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