Sunderland set to end Eboue’s contract

Emmanuel Eboue banned by Fifa for a year

Emmanuel Eboue has made 79 appearances for the Ivory Coast

Sunderland are set to terminate Emmanuel Eboue’s contract after the defender was suspended by Fifa from all football-related activity for one year.

The 32-year-old, who joined Sunderland until the end of the season on 9 March, was given the ban after failing to pay money owed to a former agent.

Sunderland said Eboue did not make the club aware of the matter, which relates to a dispute from July 2013.

The Ivory Coast international has two weeks to appeal against the decision.

Eboue, who has not made a first team appearance for the Black Cats, had been ordered by Fifa to pay agent Sebastien Boisseau an undisclosed amount he was entitled to under the terms of an agreement between the pair.

The former Arsenal full-back was fined 30,000 Swiss francs (£21,000) in September 2014 and given four months to settle the matter.

Eboue spent eight seasons at the Gunners after arriving from Belgian side Beveren in 2004.

He moved to Turkey in 2011, where he won three Super Lig titles and five domestic trophies.

He started training with Sunderland in February before signing a short term deal.

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