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Barcelona Deny Extraordinary Allegation Against Former President

Barcelona Deny Extraordinary Allegation Against Former President
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Barcelona have denied that former president Sandro Rosell purchased a liver for ex-Barca player Eric Abidal.

Abidal, who is now Barcelona's technical secretary, has a transplant in 2012 after a tumour was found in his liver.


According to a report from El Confidencial, Spanish police intercepted phone calls which suggested Rosell had illegally bought the liver for the former France international.

In a statement, Barcelona, Abidal and the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, where the operation took place, all strenuously denied the allegations.

In light of stories published today in relation to the liver transplant received by the club's former player and current Technical Secretary, Éric Abidal, FC Barcelona roundly deny any irregularity in the matter, as have Abidal and the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona facility.

The stories ommit an important fact, as this case was closed by a Barcelona court on May 18th. This ommission has caused damage to the reputation of Éric Abidal, all of the organisations involved in the transplant procedures, FC Barcelona and former club president Sandro Rosell.

The club are saddened by the lack of rigour in the spreading of such information about such a sensitive issue, and reaffirm our commitment to Éric Abidal and his foundation to help improve the lives of children and young people affected by similar medical treatments.

Rosell's reputation had already taken a hit last week when it was ruled by a Spanish court that he will stand trial on charges of money laundering.

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