Double Trouble: Cote d'ivoire Eboue Banned by FIFA, Sacked by Sunderland
Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue has been banned for one-year from any football-related activity over his refusal to pay his former agent Sebastien Boisseau.
The Ivorian had previously been ordered by the single judge of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee to pay Boisseau an amount owed to him based on the representation agreement between the two parties, but opted to appeal the decision with CAS.
Eboue's appeal has now been dismissed, though, as the decision of the Disciplinary Committee was confirmed in full, meaning he now faces one year on the sidelines or until he pays the total outstanding amount owed to Boisseau.
"Emmanuel Eboue, who has represented Cote d’Ivoire and is currently registered for the English club Sunderland, is to serve a ban on taking part in any football-related activity that will last for one year or until he pays the total outstanding amount owed to his former agent if this occurs before the one-year ban has elapsed," an official statement from FIFA reads.
"The origins of the case involve a decision passed by the single judge of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee in July 2013 regarding a contractual dispute according to which Mr Eboue was ordered to pay the players’ agent Mr Sebastien Boisseau an amount owed to him based on the representation agreement between the two parties. The decision was taken on the basis of the FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations in force at the time (2008 edition).
"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."
As if that wasn't enough, Sunderland have sacked the 32-year-old after just 22 days at the club following news of his one-year ban for failing to settle a debt with his former agent.
It was a swift reaction by Sunderland who responded to another unpleasant development linked to the club - following Adam Johnson's jail sentence - by immediately terminating Eboue's contract, despite him having yet to appear for the club after joining as a free agent on March 9.