Former Ivory Coast international Emmanuel Eboue might see his career end as he has failed to settle the case he has with his former agent which led to his sacking barely 22 days after he signed on.
The former Arsenal and Galatasaray player is involved in a case with his former agent over a £1 million debt and the ultimate football ruling body FIFA has given him a one year ban from football.
The coach of Sunderland Sam Allardyce gave the player a two week grace to settle his issues immediately he was given the ban but the player was unable to get the ban lifted. The player joined as a free agent on March 9 and was yet to kick the ball in the Black Cats uniform before the club learnt he had the possibility of being placed on a year ban following his long-running dispute with his former agent Sebastien Boisseau. The case was taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The player lost the case and was placed on a ban for 12 months until he pays the total outstanding amount he owes his former agent before the year ban lapses. FIFA claimed it took the decision based on the FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations in force at the time using the 2008 edition for the case which originated in 2013. The case was decided by a single judge of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee in July 2013 but he failed to meet the obligation.
The case continued until September 2014 when FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctioned the player with a fine of CHF 30,000 for not complying with the decision. He was granted 120 days to settle the debt but he failed to do so. Following the expiration of the deadline, he was placed on the ban. The ban will continue till March 2017 and could effectively end the player’s career.