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Cesc Fàbregas understands why, but isn’t entirely happy that Ligue 1 was canceled

Decision made too soon, claims the ex-Chelsea midfielder

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Cesc Fàbregas, stuck inside his luxury Monte Carlo residence, isn’t exactly chuffed at the prospect of no football in France until at least next season.

While many continue to advocate for a unilateral cancelation of all sports until August, September, or whenever, the former Chelsea midfielder is seeing the developments in Germany, Italy, Spain, and soon, probably, England, too, and is wondering whether the French authorities acted just a bit too quick in abandoning the 2019-20 season.

“It was a big decision that was made and I can understand why they took it. But maybe it was taken a little too soon, considering a lot of the big league are still all trying to resume.”

We’ve all spent the last two months living under lockdown conditions, so obviously the reasons why that was necessary shouldn’t escape anybody. But society can only handle a voluntary shutdown for so long before a complete collapse, so we all have to figure out a way to live in our new reality. As nations around the western world slowly start reopening, Fàbregas is lamenting the fact that in France, they’re not even allowed to conduct socially distanced individual training, like in many other surrounding countries.

“Although I completely understand the meaning behind it and it’s better to be safe in all accounts, because the most important is the families and the health security of everyone and support this 100 per cent.

“But maybe we could’ve considered individual training, where you have basically no risk. You’re not touching anyone, you’re not close to anyone. See if everyone was getting closer to football behind played all over the world.

“Obviously, it’s very difficult and I understand someone needs to make decisions. We just have to do what they’re telling us. Difficult moment in our professional lives and personal lives, but we just have to hold on and everything will be fine in the future for sure.”

-Cesc Fàbregas; source: beIN Sports via Goal

Just goes to show the impossibility of a one-size-fits-all solution during these unprecedented times.

Is playing football again really that necessary? Probably not. Football is hardly essential in the strictest sense of the word, even if there are livelihoods, jobs, and club-existences at stake. But some sort of non-extreme solution has to be found.