TOULOUSE – Eric Abidal’s cousin has said that he “didn’t take a penny” from Barcelona over allegations the club illegally bought a transplant liver for their former player.
Earlier this week, Spanish public prosecutors said they had asked for a probe into the matter to be reopened.
Online newspaper El Confidencial had reported earlier this month that wiretaps from a corruption probe involving then-Barca president Sandro Rosell indicated that the club may have illegally procured the new liver which Abidal, a former France international, received in April 2012 from Gerard Armand.
But Armand was adamant that there had been nothing untoward.
“Nothing, not a penny. How can I wonder about it? I simply gave an organ to save a member of my family,” he told French newspaper La Depeche du Midi.