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Emmanuel Eboue receives one-year ban
Ivory Coast international Emmanuel Eboue has received a one-year suspension from any football-related activity, it has been announced.
Eboue, who has been training with Sunderland since February, made his move to the club in early March on a free transfer after he was released by Turkish giants Galatasaray, where he achieved three SuperLig titles and five other domestic trophies.
Eboue had been ordered by FIFA in 2013 to pay agent Sebastien Boisseau an undisclosed amount he was entitled to under the terms of an agreement between the pair.
The former Arsenal right back has been banned after failing to fulfill a financial commitment to his former agent, as per FIFA’s disciplinary committee.
However, the ban could be overturned if the 32-year-old veteran was to pay the money owed to the agent, otherwise his suspension will be implemented.
Consequently, Sunderland have stated their intention to terminate Eboue’s contract in an official statement:
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.
The suspension relates to a monetary dispute between the player and a former agent, which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player.
Eboue signed a contract with Sunderland AFC until the end of the current season and the club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision.