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FIFA audit chairman Scala resigns in protest at Infantino

  • FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, FIFA chairman of audit and compliance Domenico Scala attends a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco. FIFA's corruption crisis was declared to be over by President Gianni Infantino on Friday, May 13, 2016 as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing its first female and first non-European secretary general. The congress handed over power to the ruling council, which is headed by Infantino, to dismiss ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, investigator Cornel Borbely and audit and compliance head Domenico Scala. The three men would not comment on the changes. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, FIFA chairman of audit and compliance Domenico Scala attends a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco. FIFA's corruption crisis was declared to be over by President Gianni Infantino on Friday, May 13, 2016 as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing its first female and first non-European secretary general. The congress handed over power to the ruling council, which is headed by Infantino, to dismiss ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, investigator Cornel Borbely and audit and compliance head Domenico Scala. The three men would not comment on the changes. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino gives a press conference following the closing of the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, Friday, May 13, 2016. FIFA's corruption crisis was declared to be over by Infantino on Friday as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing a Senegalese United Nations official as its first female and first non-European secretary general. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino gives a press conference following the closing of the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, Friday, May 13, 2016. FIFA's corruption crisis was declared to be over by Infantino on Friday as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing a Senegalese United Nations official as its first female and first non-European secretary general. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses delegates at the start of the 66th FIFA Congress, in Mexico City, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses delegates at the start of the 66th FIFA Congress, in Mexico City, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

FIFA audit and compliance chairman Domenico Scala has resigned in protest against a power grab by President Gianni Infantino over control of independent panels that monitor the scandal-hit soccer body.

Scala says his resignation is a "wake-up call" for people working to reform FIFA.

Scala says Infantino's move on Friday at FIFA's congress "undermines a central pillar of the good governance of FIFA and it destroys a substantial achievement of the reforms."

FIFA member federations gave powers to Infantino's ruling council to fire Scala and ethics committee leaders who investigate corruption claims.

Those independent officials have been a key check on FIFA since 2012.

Scala's walkout challenges the integrity of Infantino, who succeeded Sepp Blatter in February.

In a speech on Friday, Infantino declared FIFA's corruption-fueled crisis over.