Sport Former Barcelona president accused of illegally buying a liver on the black market

22:06  04 july  2018
22:06  04 july  2018 Source:   thecomeback.com

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Sandro Rosell has been accused of illegally buying a liver for defender Eric Abidal in 2012 after Spanish police said they intercepted three phone calls in which Rosell talks Sandro Rosell, former Barcelona FC President , has been accused of organ trafficking amid claims he bought a liver .

Claims that the former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell illegally bought a liver for French player Eric Abidal have been denied by the club. The former defender received a transplant in 2012 after a tumour was discovered.

Sandro Rosell wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Comeback Media Sandro Rosell

A report from Spanish outlet El Confidencial revealed that former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was accused of participating in organ trafficking after buying a liver on the black market so former player Eric Abidal could receive a liver transplant. Abidal needed a transplant after doctors discovered a tumor on his liver and received a new liver in 2012.

Authorities received this information after listening in on Rosell’s calls due to investigating a money laundering scheme that Rosell was convicted and is currently serving a jail sentence. While they were getting evidence on this case, they supposedly heard multiple calls that seemed to suggest Rosell “implicitly admitted illegally buying a liver.” The organ trafficking investigation, which could bring a 6-12 year prison sentence, was closed last year by a Catalonia regional court.

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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 Barcelona released a statement on Wednesday denying the accusations

E ric Abidal has insisted that there was no wrongdoing behind his 2012 liver transplant, following a report which claimed that former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell purchased a liver on the black market .

Barcelona denied this happened and not only noted that the investigation was closed with no charges filed but claimed the article was damaging Abidal’s reputation.

In a statement, the Catalan club said the story “omits an important detail by failing to recognise that the case was shelved by a court [earlier this] year.”

They added: “This only serves to damage the honourability of Abidal, of all the organisations linked to transplants, of FC Barcelona, and of the club’s former president Sandro Rosell.

“The club deeply regrets the lack of rigour in the publication of the information related to such a sensitive topic.”

Abidal also denied that he received an organ via trafficking and reminded people that it was Abidal’s cousin who donated his organ.

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Sandro Rosell AFP. En Español. Barca dismiss report that claims Rosell illegally purchased a liver for Abidal. Rosell's lawyer: It suits them to paint him as a beast. It has been alleged this Wednesday that former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell went to the black market to purchase a liver for Eric

Barcelona have denied their former left-back Eric Abidal underwent an illegal liver transplant in 2012. Now a newspaper report in Spain has claimed that Barcelona used the story about his relative to cover up the truth - that they had purchased the organ on the black market .

“The Eric Abidal Foundation, in our name and that of Eric Abidal, categorically denies the information which has appeared about an irregularity in the treatment of his illness,” they said.

“The entire process relating to his transplant followed the established guidelines and protocols.

“We regret that the honourability of everyone involved in the process has been called into question. Eric has professed his great admiration and is enormously thankful for his treatment, especially to his donor, his cousin Gerard.”

Abidal missed a year and came back to make a handful of appearances but eventually retired in 2014. Abidal has been in full health since. For what it’s worth, even if this story were to be true, Abidal shouldn’t be blamed for accepting the liver. It’s not like he was charged or even remotely considered to be a part of the allegations on Rosell. And I know if I needed a transplant and would eventually die without one and found out I could get a transplant, I’m probably not asking questions about where it came from and I’m just focusing on surviving.

Just a strange story all around.

[El Confidencial/ESPN/Photo: FC Barcelona]

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