Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will not be able to play new signing Emmanuel Eboue after he was banned from all football-related activities for one year by FIFA.
The 32-year-old defender only linked up with the Black Cats earlier this month on a short-term deal, having been without a club since his release by Galatasaray at the end of last season.
Eboue hadn’t made his debut for Allardyce’s side before the international break and he will now be ineligible for the remainder of the campaign due to a 12-month suspension imposed by world football’s governing body over a contractual dispute with former agent Sebastien Boisseau.
March 9: Emmanuel Eboue signs for Sunderland.
March 31: FIFA ban Eboue for 1 year. Sunderland terminate contract. pic.twitter.com/oTgeTcjPDZ
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The former Arsenal player failed to pay money owed to Boisseau before the deadline set by FIFA, who have informed the Football Association of the punishment.
“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,” a statement from the federation read.
“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.”