Sunderland’s Emmanuel Eboué has received notice that his short-term contract with the club will be terminated after Fifa handed the player a one-year ban.
The sanction, which arrived just 22 days after the player signed for the north-east club, was announced after Eboué failed to pay a former agent.
The 32-year-old Ivorian defender, who only signed for the club as a free agent on 9 March, was banned by Fifa’s disciplinary committee after a protracted dispute involving non-payments to his former representative Sébastien Boisseau.
In a statement, Sunderland said: “Sunderland AFC has been advised by the Football Association that Emmanuel Eboué 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 which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player. Eboué 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.”
The case was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but Eboué’s appeal was dismissed and Fifa has now ordered that the ban be imposed for a year, or as long as it takes the former Arsenal full-back to settle the debt with Boisseau.