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Barca Hits Back Over Abidal Pay Claim

  • Goal.com, Monday, September 9, 2013 2:18 PM

Barcelona has asked former defender Eric Abidal to clarify statements made in L’Equipe last Friday that he was not paid by the club during his cancer treatment. In fact, the Spanish champ issued the following statement regarding the matter: "Barcelona contacted the player and his representative to clarify the confusion generated by the statements made by Eric Abidal to L'Equipe," the statement said. "Both parties confirm that the club duly complied with the contractual commitments stipulated in the player’s contract."

It continued: “In January of 2012, even though the player relapsed and underwent liver transplant surgery two months later, Barcelona offered Abidal a contract extension which included a substantial renewal bonus. The extension was signed. In March of 2012, when Abidal’s disease reappeared, the club did not execute its option to unilaterally rescind the player’s contract per the stipulation in the contract that Abidal signed.

"By mutual agreement, Barcelona and the player suspended the contract until Abidal was medically cleared to play. During this period Abidal continued collecting his agreed upon monthly payments and, upon his return to the first team, he received the proportional sum of his contract. In June of 2013, when his contract was due to expire, the club and Abidal liquidated the contract."

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