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One of Abidal’s last jobs was to sack Setien after Bayern were humiliated

Last update: 8/18/20 3:50 p.m.

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Barcelona have announced the resignation of sporting director Eric Abidal just a day after the sacking of head coach Quique Setien.

Abidal, a former Barcelona defender and two-time Champions League winner for the club, had been in the role for over two years.

Setien was relieved of his duties after the embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday. Barcelona warned of a “major first-team restructuring”.

The Spanish club acted quickly to agree a fundamental deal to bring on Dutch head coach Ronald Koeman to replace Setien.

One of Abdial’s final acts in his role as Barcelona sporting director was to inform Setien of the club’s decision to dismiss him for a meeting in the days after he was eliminated from the Champions League last week.

Barcelona announced the resignation in a statement on Tuesday: “FC Barcelona and Éric Abidal have reached an agreement to end the contract that binds both parties.

“The club would like to publicly thank Éric Abidal for the professionalism, dedication, dedication and positive and close treatment he has always shown towards all properties of the Barça family and wishes him good luck and success for the future.”

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