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23 Nov, 2021 14:25

Barcelona icon offers wife groveling apology over alleged affair with female footballer

Barcelona icon offers wife groveling apology over alleged affair with female footballer

Two-time Champions League winner Eric Abidal has told his wife that he "deserves this humiliation even if it kills me alive", reacting after she demanded a divorce following his alleged affair with PSG player Kheira Hamraoui.

Hamroaui hit the headlines after being the victim of a shocking attack on November 4, with the teammate who drove the vehicle she was dragged out of by masked men, Aminata Diallo, arrested a week later and later released without any charges.

Additional reports have claimed that Abidal will be questioned by police, and the World Cup 2006 finalist has issued a groveling post on Instagram begging for forgiveness. 

"Hayet Abidal, forgive me," the caption read alongside a photo of Abidal looking sad and serious. "Whatever your decision, you will continue to be the woman of my life in my eyes – and, especially, the mother of our wonderful children.

"I deserve this humiliation even if it kills me alive. Someday you will forgive me."

There have been rumors of an affair between the pair after a SIM card registered in Abidal's name was allegedly found in Hamraoui's phone.

Mother-of-five Hayet has confirmed in a statement to AFP that she is seeking a divorce from her husband of 18 years.

She claimed that Abidal admitted “to an adulterous relationship with Ms Hamraoui”, as relayed by RMC Sport, and will file for an official separation requested by her lawyer, Nicolas Cellupica, in Barcelona.

Hayet has claimed she “has nothing to do with the events” and wants to be interviewed “as quickly as possible by investigators or the prosecutor in charge of the case”.

A possible positional rivalry between Diallo and Hamraoui was explored by police but Diallo was released after being questioned for 36 hours, with no link found to the attack that targeted Hamraoui's legs. 

According to reports from Le Monde, however, Diallo mentioned the name of Abidal's wife, Hayet, who then became a person of interest in the case alongside the ex-Barcelona sporting director.

It is also alleged that the masked criminals made a remark to Hamroaui about her liking to "sleep with married men".

Abidal and Hamraoui's paths crossed at Camp Nou before his firing in 2020 and her return to Paris this summer following an impressive treble win with the Blaugrana Femini. 

Former Bleus teammate Patrice Evra offered his support to Abidal, replying on social media: "You always win in difficult times. I love you, mon frere [my brother]."