Top European clubs play down talk of Super League plans

AP , Tuesday 9 Feb 2016

Europe's top football clubs say they have no plans to set up a Super League of elite teams to replace the Champions League.

European Club Association vice chairman Umberto Gandini said after a meeting of 143 members in Paris that ''we are not designing anything at the moment.''

ECA leaders have helped fueled recent speculation during talks with UEFA about changing the Champions League and Europa League for the 2018-2021 seasons.

Gandini says there will be a process of ''six to nine months'' to agree on competition formats before UEFA sells commercial rights for those seasons.

The process begins while UEFA's president, Michel Platini, is suspended and general secretary Gianni Infantino is campaigning for the FIFA presidency.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas acknowledges that UEFA's situation ''mostly brings uncertainty.''

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