Barça’s vice captain expressed the support of the team for Eric Abidal and his family and highlighted the positive nature of the player with regard to his illness. Xavi also described as "outrageous" the allegations of doping.
Criticism of UEFA
UEFA has banned Real Madrid and Olympique Lyon from wearing shirts with messages of support for
Abidal, in the moments before the Champions League match on Wednesday. Xavi expressed his
disappointment: "It seems to me that the decision is not very humane. In life there are things far
more important than football and sometimes we give priority to things that have nothing to do with
what is really important."
"This is the toughest time I've had at the club, but Abidal will get over it because mentally
he’s one of the toughest people I know". Xavi Hernandez explained to the media, echoing the
feelings of his teammates, after hearing about Abidal’s illness, which will force him to
undergo surgery on Thursday. Barça’s vice captain highlighted the good state of mind of the
French defender with regard to the terrible shock: "These are difficult times for him and his
family. We have given him a lot of encouragement, but it was him who cheered us up most. He’s
an example to all of us ".
Surprised by Abidal’s state of mind
Xavi expressed surprise at Abidal’s state of mind when the player
visited his teammates at the training ground to say goodbye to his fellow players: "He’s an
example of positivity. He said that that’s life, that we carry on as we are and we beat
Getafe on Saturday. We’ll try to win and dedicate it to Abi and his family”.
Outrage over doping allegations
Xavi supported the actions of the Club with regard to the doping accusations about first team
players: "The Club has positioned itself against these allegations. They are atrocious accusations
that have nothing to do with football or with Barça".
Xavi believes that in some sectors of the football world there is "impunity -they’re
going too far and are going beyond acceptable limits". Xavi, however, warned those who would try to
disrupt the team: "There are lots of people who can’t stand the fact that Barça is a model of
playing and behavior, but that makes us feel better and unites us even more”.