FIFA President Gianni Infantino has come under further fire after leaked recordings from a hastily-convened Council meeting revealed an apparent scheme to remove Audit and Compliance Committee chair Domenico Scala.
World football’s governing body have labelled the allegations, uncovered by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as "ridiculous".
Documents also claim Infantino dismissed a potential salary offer of $2 million (£1.4 million/€1.8 million) per year as “insulting”, painting another poor picture of the man tasked with restoring the reputation of the scandal-hit organisation.
His compensation has been a hotly-debated issue since he took over from disgraced former President Sepp Blatter, after the reform process Infantino helped initiate ordered the salaries of FIFA’s top brass be made public.
But the recordings seem to cast further doubt on the reforms themselves, with the German publication alleging Infantino attempted to persuade members of the ruling Council, the rebranded Executive Committee, to remove Scala - who later resigned anyway - from his position.
The Swiss-Italian businessman had been a key cog in the reform process and it has been reported the Council were not receptive to Infantino’s plans.
FIFA vice-president David Gill was quoted by the newspaper as saying the Council “can’t operate in this way” and “we can't dismiss people without a piece of paper and facts”.
“It is an unbelievable situation,” the former Manchester United chief executive said.
“I can't believe we want to create it today.”
Following the reluctance to agree with the Swiss’ scheme, the head of the corruption-plagued governing body reportedly went about finding a way to sack Scala.
Infantino then proposed at the Congress in Mexico City earlier this month that the Council be given the power to remove heads of its Independent Committees without putting it to a vote of the 211 Member Associations.
The unprecedented move was approved at the Congress, the first to be held under Infantino's leadership, with an overwhelming majority of 186 votes to one.
It meant the likes of Ethics Committee Adjudicatory Chamber judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and Investigatory counterpart Cornel Borbély, as well as Scala, could be stripped of their positions based purely on the decision of the 37-strong Council.
Scala stormed out of the Congress once the controversial motion, which seemingly went unnoticed by the Member Associations, was passed and resigned the following day.
He claimed the independent bodies which oversee some of the key areas within FIFA had been “deprived of their independence” and that the decision “undermines a central pillar of the good governance of FIFA and it destroys a substantial achievement of the reforms".
Following his departure, FIFA labelled the suggestions as “unfounded” and “baseless”.
They have been similarly strong in their response to the reports in the German publication, with a statement reading: “It is truly regrettable that a few individuals continue to pursue their own agendas and make baseless allegations in the media about the proceedings in Mexico City.
“The discussions and deliberations in the FIFA Council meetings were vigorous, candid and open.
“Any allegations to the contrary are groundless.
“In addition, the measure allows for the swift removal of members who have breached their obligations, but of course only following due process.
“Any allegation that this decision would be the result of a 'plot' is ludicrous.”