Thursday, March 31, 2016

FIFA bans Ivory Coast footballer Emmanuel Eboué for 1 year

ivoryindexFIFA, the world's football governing body has banned
Ivory Coast and Sunderland defender Emmanuel
Eboué for one year. FIFA passed the judgement on
the former Arsenal defender this morning for
refusing to pay his agent for agent fees owed.
This means won't be able to play football for 360
days effective from this morning until the fee is
completely paid. The ban will be lifted once he pays
up. Read FIFA's full statement after the cut.
''Emmanuel Eboué, who has represented Côte
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 Sébastien Boisseau an
amount owed to him based on the
representation agreement between the two
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.
''Following the expiry of the final deadline
granted, Mr Boisseau requested that the one-
year ban be imposed on Mr Eboué in
accordance with the decision of the FIFA
Disciplinary Committee. The relevant parties,
including The Football Association which has
been requested to implement said ban, have
been informed accordingly.''

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