The great German footballer Franz Beckenbauer once claimed that “football unites people around the world every day.” Never has this been more clear than in the last two weeks. Because while it’s true that recent footballing events have brought everyone—players, managers, fans, pundits, politicians, the sport’s entire global governing body—together like never before, it’s also true that what unites them is their hatred of where the sport is headed.

The culprit is the European Super League, a greedy little idea that died in agony approximately 48 hours after it was announced last week, when it was pummeled by a carpet-bombing of public disgust.