Sport: Eric Abidal arrives at court for the hearing over whether his liver was ILLEGALLY BOUGHT for the operation that saved the ex-Barcelona defender's life and revived his football career after it was marred by cancer - - PressFrom - United Kingdom
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Sport Eric Abidal arrives at court for the hearing over whether his liver was ILLEGALLY BOUGHT for the operation that saved the ex-Barcelona defender's life and revived his football career after it was marred by cancer

14:50  22 november  2019
14:50  22 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Eric Abidal , now the director of football at the club, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 while still a player at the Nou Camp and he arrived at court on Friday Sandro Rosell arrived at court on Friday to testify about alleged irregularities in the liver transplant for former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal .

Eric Abidal has expressed his anger at how his Barcelona career ended and says he was not paid as he recovered from a liver transplant.

(Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images)

Sandro Rosell, the former president of Barcelona, and Eric Abidal arrived at court on Friday to testify as part of the investigation into the legality of Abidal's liver transplant. 

Abidal, now the director of football at the club, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 while still a player at the Nou Camp. 

Spanish daily newspaper La Vanguardia adds that as well as testimonies from both Rosell and Abidal, Juanjo Castillo, who used to work at Barcelona, has also been asked to provide his account to investigators as to any potential role in the acquirement of Abidal's new liver. 

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Barcelona deny that former president Sandro Rosell illegally bought a liver for ex -France defender Eric The claim has also been denied by Abidal and the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona , where the Last week a Spanish court ruled that Rosell, who is in custody, will stand trial on charges of money

Former Barcelona defender Éric Abidal has denied that his old club president bought him an illegal liver for a transplant he had in 2012 Abidal then reiterated the original story about his transplant, which occurred when a tumor was found in his liver , saying that his cousin donated the organ.

Eric Abidal wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Eric Abidal (left) pictured arriving at court on Friday along with his lawyer Carkes Mongilod © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Eric Abidal (left) pictured arriving at court on Friday along with his lawyer Carkes Mongilod

Abidal's cousin, Gerard Armand, was named as the donor at the time of the operation but concerns have grown since and he testified to investigators on November 8.  

Armand denies earning any money to donate his liver for Abidal but the Spanish National Guard have re-opened the case after a breakthrough last year. 

In July 2018, Spanish paper El Confidencial confirmed that 'at least four phone calls had been intercepted' in which Rosell 'implicitly admitted having tried to buy an illegal liver' for Abidal. 

a person lying on a bed: Gerard Armand (left), Abidal's cousin, was named as the donor of the liver at the time of the operation to save the Barcelona defender's (right) life following his cancer diagnosis in 2011 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gerard Armand (left), Abidal's cousin, was named as the donor of the liver at the time of the operation to save the Barcelona defender's (right) life following his cancer diagnosis in 2011

The same publication gave an interview with Armand for the first time, days after his testimony in court, in which he admits to being 'fearful' that something untoward may have happened. 

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But former France defender Abidal vehemently denies the claims and insists it was his cousin Gerard who donated his liver to save his life . Abidal , 38, tweeted a picture of himself lying in a hospital bed with another patient sitting next to him. He wrote: "With the publication of this image I want to ask

When quizzed on the nature of the intercepted calls from Rosell, Armand told El Confidencial: 'I was stunned. I am the one who has given the liver. I did not understand anything at all. People from my family came to see me. 

'I was a month and a half in the hospital. And when I read that the liver that Eric received was perhaps not mine, I was stunned. 

Romano Prodi, Sandro Rosell are posing for a picture: Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell (right) joined Abidal to testify at a hearing examining the legality of the former Barcelona defender's liver transplant back in 2012 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell (right) joined Abidal to testify at a hearing examining the legality of the former Barcelona defender's liver transplant back in 2012

'I first thought that it was barbaric, since I was the liver donor. Then, after several months, I asked myself many questions. I tried to imagine all the possibilities. 

'I didn't understand anything at all and I still don't understand it. That is why I appeared before court, because I want to know if someone made a profit from my donation.'

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Abidal , who is now the club’ s director of football , has always maintained that the liver was donated by his cousin Gerard. He had transplant surgery in 2012 at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona The charity said Abidal was grateful to everyone involved in his medical treatment, including his cousin Gerard.

Barcelona 'saddened' as they deny claims former president Sandro Rosell illegally bought a LIVER Ex - Barcelona defender Eric Abidal underwent a liver transplant in March 2012 Reports in Spain claim ex-Barca president Sandro Rosell purchased the organ 'The club are saddened by the lack of rigor in the spreading of such information about such a

The reports in Spanish media 12 months ago regarding the intercepted calls lead to Barcelona releasing a statement to deny claims of illegality in what they feel are reports causing 'damage' to the club's reputation. 

Barcelona's statement in 2018 read: 'In light of stories published in relation to the liver transplant received by the club's former player and current Technical Secretary, Eric Abidal, FC Barcelona roundly deny any irregularity in the matter, as have Abidal and the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona facility.

Eric Abidal wearing a suit and tie: Abidal went on record in 2018 to deny any suggestions the liver he got was not his cousin's © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Abidal went on record in 2018 to deny any suggestions the liver he got was not his cousin's

'The stories omit an important fact, as this case was closed by a Barcelona court on May 18th. This omission has 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.

'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 Eric Abidal and his foundation to help improve the lives of children and young people affected by similar medical treatments.'

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Abidal subsequently followed up the club's statement with one of his own in response to the claims that his cousin's liver may not have been the one he received. 

Valmiro Lopes Rocha holding a football ball: Abidal and Barcelona denied the claims of an illegal liver purchase after reports back in 2018 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Abidal and Barcelona denied the claims of an illegal liver purchase after reports back in 2018

He said: 'I feel obliged to communicate my annoyance and sadness in relations to today's news about my alleged illegal liver transplant.

'Out of respect for my family, the medical team, and everyone who has undergone a similar situation, I would like to sincerely apologise if at any point there have been doubts about the unsoundness of the news published today.

'My cousin Gerard donated his liver to save my life and for this I am truly grateful to him. Existing procedures and protocols were followed at all times and all the medical documentation that proves so is available.'

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