Eric Abidal's Future Is Uncertain Says Bartomeu: The Disgrace of FC Barcelona

Adi-Oula SebastianCorrespondent IIMarch 17, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 26:  Eric Abidal of Barcelona runs with the ball during the Copa del Rey Semi Final First Leg match between Barcelona and Almeria at Camp Nou on January 26, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 5-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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“The club will analyze his (Abidal’s) future from this Thursday,” these were the words of FC Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

What ever happened to compassion?

Perhaps I’m wrong, but I’ve never read anything like this from the higher-ups at AC Milan or Real Madrid when Fernando Redondo or Ruben de la Red where undergoing serious surgery.

In both cases, their injuries prevented them from having a prolonged career in football.

The point is, while both these extraordinaire sportsmen couldn’t have an extended career, their “conditions” didn’t prevent them from leading a normal life.

Meanwhile, Eric Abidal is about to have an operation in order to remove a liver tumor.

And what does the VP of FC Barcelona has to say on the eve of the surgery? “The club will analyze Abidal’s future from this Thursday.”

There are a million things more important than Abidal’s contract right now.

To put things in perspective, Gabriel Milito has spent more time on the treatment table/bench than on the pitch, yet no one is “analyzing” his future—much less talking about it in public.

How does Abidal’s family feel about it? He is a Barca player, but he is first and foremost a father, a husband and son to caring parents.

Of course, nobody expects FC Barcelona to hold on to a player that can’t continue his (playing) career. But how about waiting for the final result and discuss the contractual situation AFTER Eric Abidal is fully fit and recovered a 100 percent.

It’s obvious that Eric Abidal has a deep affection for the squad as well as the institution that is FC Barcelona, thus I’d assume he’d retire before becoming a liability, but why Josep Maria Bartomeu had to go public is beyond me.

Perhaps it is a very stark example, maybe too outlandish, but I suspect that if Lionel Messi would’ve had a double fracture which could seriously threaten his career, no Barca official would’ve talked about his immediate future with the club, much less in public.

Eric Abidal is often overlooked, for he wears the same shirt as some of the most spectacular players in the world, but is and has been a loyal servant to FC Barcelona. He wears his heart on his sleeve—as evidenced in his suicidal header in the Sevilla tie.

And how does FC Barcelona repay his services? By talking about his contractual situation before he undergoes surgery.

Mes Que Un Club? I’m officially disgusted.

Best wishes to Eric Abidal and his family. Get well soon. All hail King Eric!