Six Premier League sides known as the 'Big 6': Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur form part of an initial group of 12 clubs seeking to establish a new 20-team European competition as soon as possible, being dubbed the 'European Super League'.
If the plans succeed, it would devastate existing European club competitions – in particular the Champions League.
A joint statement published on Sunday by UEFA and the English, Italian and Spanish leagues said it would consider all measures, both judicial and sporting, to prevent a European Super League competition going ahead.
This could include attempts to bar competing clubs from domestic leagues and their players from UEFA’s international competitions, too.
That would include banning players from the UEFA European Championships and the FIFA World Cup.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin strongly condemned the proposals and reiterated that players who competed in the breakaway league would be banned from representing their national teams.
It’s a situation which continues to rumble on, a situation which looks like it could be heading for a messy ending. Some say this is a ‘civil war’ within football, others that this is a seismic moment in the game and that football as we know it will be damaged beyond repair after these revelations.
Of course, this is a fast moving story and plenty of elements are yet to be discussed. Many of the 12 clubs involved, including some of the ‘Big 6’ Premier League sides who have signed a letter of intent to take part in the European Super League have yet to officially comment.