Sunderland defender, Emmanuel Eboue has been banned by the world soccer governing body (FIFA) for failing to pay his former agent. FIFA said the ban would be lifted if he paid the outstanding amount to the agent, who was named as Sebastien Boisseau.
Eboue was ordered to pay the undisclosed amount by FIFA’s Players’ Status Committee in July 2013, a decision taken on the basis of the players’ agents’ rules which were in force at the time.
Eboue was fined 30 000 Swiss francs ($31 162) in September 2014 for failing to comply with the decision and given four months to settle the debut, FIFA said.
Meanwhile Sunderland said yesterday that they intended to terminate the contract of Ivorian international before he had even kicked a ball in anger for the club after FIFA ordered the defender to serve a one-year ban over fees owed to a former agent.
Premier League struggler 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.
Eboue has the right of appeal but it now looks as if his Sunderland career could end without him making a single first-team appearance.
“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,” said a club statement.