The Big Six rebels are about to be ordered to quit the Premier League by their furious rivals.
Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal could also be booted out of Europe this season on Friday.
On another dramatic day of turmoil sparked by the decision of the six to sign up to the proposed European Super League, the other 14 top-flight teams are planning their revenge.
At a Prem meeting on Tuesday — from which the six giants have been excluded — the other teams are set to agree to demand United, Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs all leave the league at the end of the season.
The outsiders are angry at what they called “underhanded” dealing by the Big Six, despite previous promises of unity collective agreements to back the Prem.
Clubs are said to be “angry and dismayed” at the actions of the Six, with a call for disciplinary charges and for the League to officially confirm they will not be granted permission to join the £4.6billion scheme.
But expelling the rebels is one option that is being discussed by club chiefs and one exec said: “Lots of options are being explored. They have underestimated the opposition.”
Under Prem rule B6, it would take a vote of three quarters of the 20 clubs to boot any of the Big Six out.
With a maximum of 14 clubs backing any such call, they would fall one vote short.
But Rule B11 gives “discretion, right and power” to the League’s Board – chief exec Richard Masters, chairman Gary Hoffman and non-exec director Kevin Beeston – to act in “sole and absolute discretion” to make “final and binding” rulings that are “not subject to appeal”.
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