Each of the English clubs has its own particular ownership, motivation and financial situation that has led it to join the breakaway league

The bombshell that 12 top European clubs have joined a breakaway “super league,” presented as a fait accompli at 11.30pm on Sunday, is the culmination of some big clubs’ manoeuvrings for financial advantage over 25 years. But whereas Uefa bought off previous breakaway threats by expanding the Champions League and delivering more of its revenues to the top clubs – a time-served formula the Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, still believed would work until the weekend – reality has ruthlessly bitten this time.

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