Ivory Coast international footballer Emmanuel Eboue has been banned by FIFA for one-year over fees owed to a former agent. The ban covers any football-related activity that will last for one year or until he pays the total outstanding amount owed to his former agent. However, FIFA has said Eboue can automatically end the ban if he pays the money to his ex-agent Sebastien Boisseau.
A FIFA players’ status committee ruled in July 2013 in favour of agent, Sebastien Boisseau in a contractual dispute with Eboue. In September 2014, the FIFA disciplinary committee fined the Ivory Coast star 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,000) for failing to comply with the decision. He was then given a 120-day “grace period” to settle the debt before Boisseau would be entitled to request that a one-year ban be imposed.
Eboue appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but lost. After a new deadline for payment was set and passed, Boisseau requested that the one-year ban be imposed on Mr. Eboue in accordance with the decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee.
Reports also have it that Sunderland intends to terminate Emmanuel Eboue’s contract following the FIFA ban. Sunderland said they had given the 32-year-old former Arsenal player, who joined the north-east side in a short-term deal earlier this month, two weeks’ notice.
In a statement released by the club, it said:
“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.”
Eboue’s ban will be a further setback to Premier League strugglers Sunderland, and manager Sam Allardyce’s hopes of keeping the club in the lucrative Premier League, with the Black Cats now without Adam Johnson after the club sacked the former England midfielder following his admission of sexual activity with an under-age girl that has since seen the player jailed.
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