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FIFA: ‘Ludicrous’ to claim Infantino plot to remove Scala

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 18, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images)

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MILAN (AP) FIFA says it is “ludicrous” to claim President Gianni Infantino plotted to oust the official who oversaw the salary offer he refused to accept.

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FIFA responded Saturday to reports in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung which the German daily said were based on leaked details of FIFA Council meetings two weeks ago.

Infantino told council members a proposed salary of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) was insulting, the newspaper claimed.

The salary offer was overseen by Domenico Scala, who resigned as the independent FIFA audit panel chairman in Mexico City on May 14.

Scala resigned one day after FIFA member federations decided to give Infantino’s Council power to fire elected leaders of independent audit and ethics committees.

FIFA says claims “this decision would be the result of a `plot’ is ludicrous.”