FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrives at a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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In a challenge to the integrity of Gianni Infantino, FIFA's compliance chairman resigned in protest on Saturday over what he sees as a power grab by the new president.Scala's walkout -- on the issue of taking hiring and firing power over himself and independent panels that monitor FIFA officials and money -- comes amid claims of tension between the two men over the presidential salary.Scala has overseen FIFA's billion-dollar annual spending since 2012, and could previously be removed only by a vote of the now-211 member federations at their annual meeting.Still, the tactic was criticized by former FIFA anti-corruption adviser Mark Pieth who helped bring Scala, then a pharmaceutical industry executive, to FIFA four years ago.Pieth suggested that Infantino disagreed over a salary offer of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.05 million) made by a three-member FIFA remuneration panel headed by Scala.Infantino moved to make a surprise announcement without an open recruitment process which Scala had said was necessary for FIFA to behave like a transparent, billion-dollar corporation.
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