Former Arsenal player to serve one year ban

Sankha Ghosh / 31 March 2016
Emmanuel Eboué

Former Arsenal player , Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue has been slapped with a ban from taking part in any kind of football activity for one year by FIFA regarding a contractual dispute with a former agent.

32 year old Eboue signed for Sunderland on a short term contract back in March after being released by Galatasaray. But the former Ivory Coast international cannot play for his current club until he pays the money he owed to a former agent, Sebastien Boisseau.

A FIFA statement stated: ”On 9 September 2014, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to sanction Mr Eboue with a fine of CHF 30,000 for failing to comply with the decision of the single judge of the Players’ Status Committee on the basis of art. 64 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“The player was also granted a final period of grace of 120 days to settle his debt, upon failure of which the creditor — Mr Boisseau — would be entitled to request that a one-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity be imposed on Mr Eboue.

“Mr Eboue appealed to CAS against the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision, but the appeal was dismissed and the decision of the Disciplinary Committee confirmed in full.

“Following the expiry of the final deadline granted, Mr Boisseau requested that the one-year ban be imposed on Mr Eboue in accordance with the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. The relevant parties, including The Football Association which has been requested to implement said ban, have been informed accordingly.”

Sunderland brought in Eboue in their bid to avoid relegation this term. They are at the moment two points off safety, but with a match in hand on 17th placed Norwich.

After starting his career in his homeland, Eboue arrived at Belgium to play for Beveren before leaving for England and signing for Arsenal back in 2004.

He was a key member of the Gunners’ squad which made it to the Champions League final in 2006, spending eight seasons at the Emirates before leaving for Turkey.