THE man credited with spearheading reforms at scandal-hit FIFA resigned Saturday in a major blow to the world governing body’s new president Gianni Infantino.
Swiss Domenico Scala stepped down as chairman of FIFA’s independent audit and compliance committee, complaining that the reforms were being undermined.
Scala was angered by a decision of the FIFA Congress in Mexico City Friday that will leave the new-look FIFA Council with the ability to appoint and sack members of its committees, including audit, ethics and finance.
Committees had been “deprived of their independence” said Scala in a statement handed to news organizations.
He said he was “consternated about this decision, because it undermines a central pillar of the good governance of FIFA and it destroys a substantial achievement of the reforms.”
The new council replaces the old FIFA Executive Committee (ExCo) many of whose former members have been mired in corruption scandals.
“It will henceforth be possible for the council to impede investigations against single members at any time, by dismissing the responsible committee members or by keeping them acquiescent through the threat of a dismissal,” Scala added.
FIFA reacted swiftly, claiming Scala had “misinterpreted” the purpose of the decision taken by the FIFA Congress, but accepting his resignation with immediate effect. – CNN