Spanish authorities have re-opened a probe into ex-Barcelona player Eric Abidal’s 2012 liver transplant after confirming that new evidence had come to light suggesting a trafficked organ was used, according to a legal decision seen by AFP.

Courts have previously investigated the transplant on Abidal, who was then stricken with cancer, because of doubts about the identity of the donor.

In mid 2018, after several media reports, Spain’s National Transplant Organisation concluded that the  procedure on Abidal was done in accordance with the law.