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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has defended a decision to allow its new-look council the right to appoint and dismiss members of key governance and compliance committees.

The council, which has replaced the executive committee as part of a reform programme at football's governing body, has been authorised to make decisions on personnel for a year until the 2017 congress.

The decision has believed to have led to Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, to leave Friday's congress in Mexico City early in protest.

Friday's decision gives the new council powers to dismiss the heads of key independent committees without consulting its membership at the annual congress.

The new council, headed by Infantino, can now effectively appoint and dismiss the heads of the disciplinary organs there to control its members.

Infantino said the move did not contravene the independence of the watchdog committees and would provide "flexibility" for the council for the next year "to dismiss and appoint members if the council feels it is needed."

According to dpa information, the move came after several potential candidates for the control bodies did not pass FIFA integrity checks and there were not enough candidates left to fill the positions.

Rather than wait a year it was decided to give the council powers to appoint members of the audit and compliance committee and of the governance committee and also to dismiss any office holders of these committees until the 67th congress in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.

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