Australia says new FIFA chief a reformer, praises his energy

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New FIFA president Gianni Infantino, of Switzerland, waves to delegates after his election, during the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino, of Switzerland, waves to delegates after his election, during the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo: Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Football Federation Australia chief Steven Lowy says although Australia didn't vote for Gianni Infantino in the FIFA presidential election, there is reason to celebrate his elevation to head of the world football body.

Infantino defeated Bahraini favorite Sheik Salman and the recipient of Australia's vote, Jordan's Prince Ali, in Friday's election.

Lowy hailed the election of a reformist candidate to replace Sepp Blatter.

Lowy said Saturday "today is really a watershed day for FIFA ... our initial support was for Prince Ali because we felt that he was a serious reform candidate with strong credentials ... (but) we are very pleased that Gianni was elected. We are hugely impressed with his energy, his capability, his experience."

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