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It’s hard to get a feeling of what football really means when you’re sat thousands of miles away in a Florida mansion, on a Russian yacht, in a Spanish villa or on a Texan ranch, keeping score of the stock prices of the club you own rather than the number of goals they’ve scored.

You don’t get the sensation of an uncomfortable, cheap plastic seat, or an overpriced, undercooked pre-match pie when you haven’t even attended a game of the football club you own for three or four years.

You don’t understand what it means from the inside of a boardroom surrounded by other members of the one per cent of the one per cent club, if you’ve never experienced being squeezed into a stadium like sardines in a can with thousands of other members of the remaining 99 per cent club.

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Yet these multibillionaires thought they did. They thought we wanted shorter games, less competition and a purgatory of super club versus super club for the rest of eternity.

The last 48 hours have been an emphatic middle finger to that notion and those who came up with it.

Fans have been guilty to being blinded by the multimillion-dollar signings coming into the club at times, while owners pocket the dividends earned despite using the club’s own money to buy it, or allow human rights violations to go unchecked in their home country. A revolt had been bubbling under the surface for years and this was what pushed it over the top.

When Chelsea’s fans stopped their own team bus on the Kings Road in London, delaying their Premier League kick off with Brighton by nearly an hour as their executives plotted pulling out of the soon-to-be defunct Super League, you got the sense that football had just gone a goal ahead.

And the onslaught was yet to come.

Manchester City were the first to pull out. Albeit with measly 25-word statement, devoid of any apology or regret for what they had done, with just the implicit signal that they were coerced into it from the start.

In fact, in all six statements from the Premier League clubs, only Arsenal actually apologised for what they had done. The others showed zero contrition, zero understanding and zero accountability for their part in the plot to steal football.

It was perhaps City and Chelsea’s involvement in the first place which was the most disappointing. They’d spent years, decades, on the outside looking in. Yearning to be one of the big boys lifting the biggest trophies, signing the best players and having the honour of playing these historic European giants.

Now they are in, and they were trying to stop others from following in their footsteps, shutting the door in the face of anyone else who dared to have a dream. Because only the rich are allowed to have such a privilege now.

But even those on the inside were unhappy.

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes was the first player of one of the Dirty Dozen to speak out against it, followed by Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Kevin De Bruyne, James Milner and finally Jordan Henderson.

Managers were thrown under the bus. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was only warned of his club’s intentions to join the Super League shortly before kick-off against Burnley before being forced to face a barrage of questions about something he didn’t know about and didn’t want as his bosses hid cowardly behind a vague statement.

Jurgen Klopp suffered the same fate, a man whose every fibre goes against something so elitist as a ring-fenced competition built for the rich, by the rich, with the intention of getting even richer. Yet here he was, unable to say what he really felt about the sickening feeling in his stomach.

In the space of 48 sad, greed-soaked hours, the owners of these massive clubs had lost the support of players, both current and legendary, the Premier League, the government, the royal family and most importantly, the fans.

And still, they couldn’t care less.

It wasn’t until Chelsea walked away and Manchester City shortly afterwards that it became obvious to even the oblivious that the jig was up.

Manchester United’s chief executive Ed Woodward, branded a “snake” by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin for his involvement, will go down as the sacrificial lamb after his resignation and will likely grow into the scapegoat for the whole thing and the days and weeks roll on.

Will there be any punishments for the treacherous twelve? There should be, but there won’t be.

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UEFA needs these clubs – more than they need UEFA, the Super League clubs will tell you – and any European ban, as deserved as it is, would only damage themselves. Australian streaming service Flick Sports reportedly pulled their $60m bid to host the Champions League for the next three years in the country shortly after hearing the biggest clubs wouldn’t be in it.

Money talks, loudly.

But now, the fans know they can speak even louder and end the biggest mutiny in the history of the sport.

The disgraced powerbrokers issued a rushed, typo-filled response to the six Premier League clubs’ withdrawal, saying they will “reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project”, painting themselves as the victims as a result of the undue “pressure” that was “forced” on them.

Are they sorry? No. Do they understand? Unlikely. Will it stop them again in the future? Probably not.

But have the fans shown them that the many are stronger than the few? Absolutely. They’ve got their game back and good luck trying to take it from them again.

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