The head of the auditing and compliance team in FIFA, Domenico Scala, has resigned as a protest at reforms in the world football body.
Scala is not happy that the new FIFA council has the powers of appointing and sacking the committees’ bosses, including finance, ethics and auditing.
Scala said that the independence of the committees had been taken away.
In respond, FIFA said that the Swiss is basing his claims on misinformation.
Scala says he is “consternated” by a decision that makes it possible for the council to “impede” investigations by either dismissing committee members or “through the threat of a dismissal”.
This, he added, “undermines a central pillar of the good governance of Fifa and destroys a substantial achievement of the reforms”.
“[This is] a wake-up call to those persons who genuinely advocated for implementing reforms,” he said.
FIFA accepted the resignation by Scala and made his deputy Sindi Mabaso to act as the chairman. It has maintained that the Swiss has “misinterpreted the purpose of the decision taken.”
It said via a statement that: “The decision was made to permit the council to appoint members on an interim basis.
“In addition, the measure allows for the swift removal of members who have breached their obligations.
“The council fully respects the independence of the audit and compliance and the ethics committees, and any suggestions to the contrary are without merit.”
Scala has been instrumental in reforming FIFA after the scandals that hit the organization.