Barcelona have denied reports alleging former president Sandro Rosell bought an illegal liver for ex-Camp Nou ace Eric Abidal.
Abidal, who currently works as Barca’s director of football, spent six years playing for the LaLiga giants between 2007 and 2013.
However, his latter time at Camp Nou was disrupted by serious illness, with a tumour discovered in his liver in March 2011.
Though he underwent surgery and seemed to recover, one year later Abidal had to have a liver transplant because of problems which were not solved in the original operation.
The 38-year-old’s cousin, Gerard, was named as the donor, and by the beginning of 2013 Abidal was playing competitive football again.
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Four phone calls intercepted by the Spanish Civil Guard and National Police reportedly have Rosell openly admitting to committing such an act, and the calls have been submitted to the judge who is currently investigating Rosell for money laundering, Carmen Lamela.
A separate case from the money laundering one has been opened in the light of this evidence.
However, Barcelona have released a statement saying they ’roundly deny any irregularity in the matter, as have Abidal and the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona facility [where the operation took place]’.
The statement goes on further to clarify that the case has already been closed by a Barcelona court, on May 18, before it then claims such allegations have ’caused damage to the reputation of Eric Abidal, all of the organisations involved in the transplant procedures, FC Barcelona and former club president Sandro Rosell’.