FIFA, the worldâ€™s football governing body has banned Ivory Coast and Sunderland defender Emmanuel EbouÃ© 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 wonâ€™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 FIFAâ€™s full statementÂ below:
â€Emmanuel EbouÃ©, who has represented CÃ´te dâ€™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.â€ The origins of the case involve a decision passed by the single judge of the FIFA Playersâ€™ Status Committee in July 2013 regarding a contractual dispute according to which Mr EbouÃ© was ordered to pay the playersâ€™ agent Mr SÃ©bastien 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 Playersâ€™ Agents Regulations in force at the time (2008 edition). â€On 9 September 2014, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to sanction Mr EbouÃ© with a fine of CHF 30,000 for failing to comply with the decision of the single judge of the Playersâ€™ 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 â€“ Mr Boisseau â€“ would be entitled to request that a one-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity be imposed on Mr EbouÃ©.â€
Mr EbouÃ© appealed to CAS against the FIFA Disciplinary Committeeâ€™s decision, but the appeal was dismissed and the decision of the Disciplinary Committee confirmed in full. â€Following the expiry of the final deadline granted, Mr Boisseau requested that the one-year ban be imposed on Mr EbouÃ© 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.â€