Barcelona - Spanish
public prosecutors said on Monday they have asked that a probe into
allegations Barcelona illegally bought a transplant
liver for their cancer-stricken former player Eric Abidal be reopened.
Barcelona public prosecutors on Friday sent a written request asking
that the investigation into "the Abidal case" be renewed, Spain's public
prosecution service said in a statement.
Online newspaper El Confidencial reported earlier this month
that wiretaps from a probe into corruption involving then-Barcelona
president Sandro Rosell indicated that the club may have illegally
procured the new liver which Abidal, a former France international,
received in April 2012.
Contacted by AFP after the report was published, a Barcelona court
said it had investigated a possible crime of organ trafficking for more
than a year before deciding not to proceed because of a lack of
Abidal, who is now Barcelona's sporting director, maintains that his
cousin Gerard was the actual donor. The club and Barcelona's Hospital
Clinic which carried out the transplant, also denied any irregularities
in Abidal's transplant.
Spain's National Transplant Organisation, which is run by the health
ministry, investigated Abidal's transplant and said last week that it
was carried out "according to the law".
Rosell denied the El Confidencial report in an interview published by
El Mundo. He is due to face trial on charges of money laundering in
connection with Brazilian TV rights sales and was also investigated for
the deal which brought Neymar to Barcelona.
Abidal, 38, resumed his playing career a year after he received the transplant before retiring in 2014.