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Top European clubs play down talk of Super League plans

PARIS (AP) Europe's top football clubs insist they have no plans to set up a breakaway Super League of elite teams to replace the Champions League.

"We are not designing anything at the moment," European Club Association vice chairman Umberto Gandini said after a meeting attended by 143 members on Tuesday.

The ECA's own leaders have helped fueled recent speculation of a breakaway from the UEFA-run Champions League or giving guaranteed entries to some big clubs who do not qualify on merit.