The 12 European Super League clubs have signed a 23-year commitment to the new competition, it has emerged.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all agreed to plans that are changing football and outraging fans in equal measure.
The Super League, which hopes to have 15 founding clubs and a further five qualifying to make it a 20-team league, has been widely condemned across the board by European and world football governing bodies, associations, leagues, players and members of parliament.
Yet all those involved in the breakaway are very much pressing forward with it.
In news that will rile up football supporters, Sky Sports are reporting that the clubs have agreed to participate until 2044 and believe they cannot be stopped in their bid to make the league happen.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, journalist Kaveh Solhekol said: "These founding clubs, the 12 clubs and three more who could be joining as founding members, have signed a 23-year commitment to this new Super League. That is how serious they are.
"They're also saying the legal advice that these clubs have received is that they cannot be stopped from doing this. They believe that if they were stopped from doing this it would be a breach of EU and UK competition rules.
"The clubs believe money will filter down and help the wider game."
Reuters say the clubs are to share a $4.19 billion fund that will go towards helping respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other projects.
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and RB Leipzig have all declined the opportunity to participate.
A furious UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed that any players plying their trade for clubs in the European Super League will not be able to play in tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championships.
Not holding back, he said: "My opinion is that as soon as possible they have to be banned from all our competitions and the players from all our competitions."
"The players that will play in the Super League will be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros. Ceferin. They will not be allowed play for their national teams.
"UEFA and the football world stand united against disgraceful and self-serving proposal we have seen in the last 24 hours for a select few clubs in Europe motivated by greed. We are all united against this nonsense of a project."
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