Emmanuel Eboue has received a one-year ban from any football-related activity over his refusal to pay his former agent Sebastien Boisseau. The Cote d’Ivoire international was earlier ordered by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee to pay Boisseau an amount owed to him, but the former Arsenal defender instead appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Emmanuel’s appeal was dismissed, and FIFA confirmed that the player will serve a one year ban from football. Less than 30 minutes after FIFA’s announcement, an official statement by Sunderland announced that they were going to terminate his contract with the club.
“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.”
Prior to the termination, the former Arsenal, Galatasaray, Beveren and ASEC Mimosas player spent only 22 days at Sunderland. Try not to find that funny.