Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue has been banned from taking part in football activities for ...
Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue has been banned from taking part in football activities for one year by FIFA over a contractual dispute with a former agent, with his club serving notice that they will cancel his contract.
Eboue, 32, signed for Sunderland on a short-term contract in March after being released by Galatasaray. But the former Ivory Coast international will not be allowed to play for his club until he pays money owed to a former agent, Sebastien Boisseau.
A FIFA statement read: "On 9 September 2014, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to sanction Mr Eboue with a fine of CHF 30,000 for failing to comply with the decision of the single judge of the Players' Status Committee on the basis of art. 64 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
"The player was also granted a final period of grace of 120 days to settle his debt, upon failure of which the creditor -- Mr Boisseau -- would be entitled to request that a one-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity be imposed on Mr Eboue.
Sunderland signed Eboue in their bid to avoid relegation this season. They currently sit two points off safety, but with a game in hand on 17th placed Norwich, and released a statement claiming that they will terminate his contract.
"Sunderland AFC has been advised by the Football Association that Emmanuel Eboue has been placed under an immediate suspension from football and all football-related activity for a period of one year, by FIFA," it read.