The world football governing body, FIFA has slammed a year ban on former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue over issues pertaining to non-payment of monies due to his former agent, Sebastien Boisseau.
Eboue had took this case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but they dismissed his appeal thus leading to a ban which FIFA said will be rescinded once the owed monies are paid.
A FIFA statement read: “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 Sébastien 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 Eboué 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 Eboué.
“Mr Eboué 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.”
The news comes as a blow to Eboue’s relegation threatened club Sunderland, who only signed the defender 22 days ago to help boost their survival quest in the EPL.