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Spanish Ministry of Health Confirms No Laws Broken in Éric Abidal’s Liver Transplant

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The National Transplant Organization has released a statement

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The National Transplant Organization, a part of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, has confirmed today that Éric Abidal’s liver transplant was done according to the law.

The ONT (as its known in Spanish) finished an investigation following allegations in the media that Barcelona had paid someone for the liver, which would be considered organ trafficking, a serious crime.

The organization says it checked every part they could check for irregularities, and found none, according to clinical and health standards.

The organization also said that, contrary to media reports, Abidal was on the waiting list for a new liver. They also said that the donor was who the club had said it was - Abidal’s cousin, Gerard.

Gerard was given various examinations, both to his physical health and psychological well-being, to confirm he was donating for the right reasons, by several experts, who sometimes spoke to him alone.

The ONT concluded by saying that, because of the grave nature of the accusation, they support more investigations by other government groups to confirm nothing illegal was done outside of its scope.