Sunderland have sacked Emmanuel Eboue after just 22 days at the club following news of his one-year ban for failing to settle a debt with his former agent.
FIFA announced on Thursday morning that the 32-year-old former Arsenal star will be barred from all football activity until he pays the outstanding amount to Sebastien Boisseau.
Sunderland responded by immediately terminating Eboue’s contract, despite him having yet to appear for the club after joining as a free agent on March 9.
FIFA confirmed Eboue’s ban on Thursday morning and just 20 minutes later, Sunderland announced the termination of the defender’s contract.
A club statement read: ‘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.’
It is the second player Sunderland have sacked this year. They terminated the contract of Adam Johnson on February 10 after he pleaded guilty to child-sex offences.
Eboue, was released by Galatasaray in the summer having joined the Turkish club from Arsenal for £3million in 2011.
The FIFA statement read: ‘Emmanuel Eboue, who has represented Cote d’Ivoire and is currently registered for the English club Sunderland A.F.C., 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.
‘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 Eboué 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).