By the time Everton travel to the Emirates on Friday, Arsenal should have followed suit in abandoning the sinking Super League ship.

In fact, they may have tendered their resignation by the time you read this, such is the pace of change over a 48 hour period which has rocked football.

As Chelsea and Manchester City let it be known they had started the process of withdrawing from the odious European Super League, and with reports of some Atletico Madrid doing the same, it is expected that the breakaway plans will now be back on the leash in double quick time.

For quite how long Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid - the clubs seen as the chief architects of this sorry affair - cling onto the idea, remains to be seen, but the cracks are widening and the hope is that the European Super League now flattens like a house of cards.

It will be the result we all wanted but should it be the end of the matter?

Should these brazen, opportunistic, self-serving clubs be let off scot-free? Should they cancel their Super League subscriptions and be welcomed back to the Premier League like nothing has happened?

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This cannot be swept under the carpet. They made their move. They were prepared to rip up the game for their own means and not give two hoots about the impact on other clubs.

The sickening six cannot be allowed to go unpunished. Even if the grotesque plans are shelved, the Premier League has to make a stand. If there are ways and means at their disposal to hit these teams where it hurts, then they must do so.

Farhad Moshiri, earlier today and when the plans were still holding firm under the pressure from the rest of football, called for the Premier League to deduct points from the shameless power-grabbing six.

It is unclear if the rules, or even the law of the land, would allow them to do that if these clubs come crawling back, with their tails between their legs, having actually not gone through with their dastardly plot, just guilty of saying they were going to.

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But the Premier League must not simply consider this a lucky escape and carry on as normal. Because these six clubs have revealed their true colours, they have shown their hand and though shamed into reversing their decisions, humiliation is not enough of a price to pay for threatening the game with what they did.

This story is moving at a rate of knots, powered by fan and rival club anger, and so who knows at this stage what weapons will be available to the Premier League, should the Super League be dismantled without a ball being kicked?

But exploring all and every option they have is all we ask. The six cannot be allowed off the hook.