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FIFA audit chief Scala quits in protest over reforms

(London Post)    The head of the committee tasked with monitoring the spending of football’s scandal-plagued world governing body has quit. Domenico Scala has pushed back against moves by the FIFA Council to control how it’s monitored.

Domenico Scala quit his post as chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee with immediate effect on Saturday in what he described as a “wake-up call” for those working to reform the organization.

At FIFA’s annual congress in Mexico City on Friday, new measures were voted in that would allow the FIFA Council, headed by President Gianni Infantino, to control who is appointed to FIFA’s independent oversight bodies such as the Ethics Committee and the Audit and Compliance Committee.

“I am consternated about this decision,” Scala said in a resignation statement.

“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 said.

The move, he added, “undermines a central pillar of the good governance at FIFA, and it destroys a substantial achievement of the reforms.”

Scala had monitored FIFA since a 2012 round of reforms led by the previous president, Sepp Blatter, aimed at stamping out corruption. In recent years, corruption scandals have plagued the careers of many top soccer administrators including Blatter andUEFA President Michel Platini, who on Monday said he would step down from his position.

In a speech on Friday, Infantino declared the corruption-fueled crisis at FIFA to be over.

Later responding to questions from reporters, he defended the new powers to remove key people overseeing his work.

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