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Eboue banned for owing agent money

Defender Emmanuel Eboue is set to have his contract with Sunderland cancelled after Fifa imposed a one-year ban on the Ivorian for failing to pay his former agent, the Premier League club said on its website (www.safc.com).

The 32-year-old, who joined Sunderland until the end of the season on March 9, has yet to play for the club and has not featured for his country since 2013 after he lost his place to Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier.

Sunderland also said Eboue did not make the club aware of the matter and had given the former Arsenal player two weeks to appeal the decision.

The Guardian reported that Eboue owes the agent about one million euros (S$1.5 million),

Fifa said the Ivorian’s ban would be lifted if he paid the outstanding amount to the agent, who was named as Sebastien Boisseau.

Eboue was ordered to pay the amount by Fifa’s Players’ Status Committee in July 2013, a decision taken on the basis of the players’ agents rules which were in force at the time.

Eboue was fined 30,000 Swiss francs (S$42,105) in September 2014 for failing to comply with the decision and given four months to settle the debt, Fifa said.

- Reuters