In an interview with Sport, among several topics touched upon was the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, with Abidal claiming many of the players wanted the coach to be removed.
The statements drew a furious online response from captain Lionel Messi and Alba added to the tension last night, telling RMC: "We get enough **** outside without the need to throw it inside.
"The players and the technical staff face each other. (Eric) Abidal is not an outsider, he has been a player, he is appreciated by supporters and knows what is going on in a locker room. He must know how a football player feels. We must all help each other."