We here at Managing Madrid often joke about wishing serious injury or death on Barcelona players. Soccer is, however, just a game, and some things go beyond partisan rivalries. Our thoughts are with Eric Abidal at the moment, who has been diagnosed with liver cancer and will have surgery this week to remove the tumor. Solid organ tumors are incredibly serious and have low survival rates, but it seems like the Barcelona medical team caught the cancer early, which dramatically raises the chance of success with the surgery. Hopefully Abidal will pull through, beat his cancer and return to his career.
We are also saddened by UEFA's cold-hearted refusal to allow Madrid and Lyon, Abidal's former club, to wear T-shirts in support of the stricken player. No doubt the teams will find some way to show their support for Abidal.