World Rugby has launched an investigation on Fiji Rugby Union chairman Francis Kean following allegations of homophobia.
The news first broke out in Sunday Times as Kean, who was convicted for a for manslaughter in 2007 is now under pressure to stand down.
The FRU seconded Sir Bill Beaumont's nomination for a reelection as World Rugby chairman and Kean was also aiming at securing a place in World Rugby's executive committee which has taken a blow now.
"World Rugby notes allegations in the UK Sunday Times about Fiji Rugby Union chairman Ratu Vilikesa Bulewa Francis Kean and takes them extremely seriously," read a statement from World Rugby.
"Rugby is a sport built on strong and inclusive values and World Rugby does not in any way condone any abusive or discriminatory behaviour, as outlined within its bye-laws.
"World Rugby is currently in dialogue with the Fiji Rugby Union about the nature of the allegations and it would be inappropriate to further comment at this time."
Beaumont was challenged by vice-chairman and former Argentina international Agustin Pichot for the top role in the governing body with the voting starting on 27th April and the result will be confirmed following a World Rugby Council meeting on 12th May.