Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue banned from football for one year

Emmanuel Eboue was without a club in the first half of the season after he was released by Galatasaray last summer.

Sunderland are set to terminate Emmanuel Eboue's contract after the defender was handed a one year ban from football and all football related activity by the sport's governing body, FIFA due a monetary dispute with his former agent.

The right-back's was allowed to leave Galatasaray as a free agent after the end of the last season and was without a club for the first half of the 2015/16 campaign. He joined the Black Cats on a short term deal until the end of this term.

When the former Arsenal man joined Sunderland, he did not make the dispute aware to the Premier League outfit. After the Football Association made the Stadium of Light outfit aware of FIFA's decision to hand Eboue a one year ban, they have decided to terminate his contract with immediate effect. The Ivory Coast defender has two weeks to appeal the decision.

"Sunderland AFC has been advised by the Football Association that Emmanuel Eboue has been placed under an immediate suspension from football and all football-related activity for a period of one year, by FIFA," a statement read on Sunderland's official website.

"The suspension relates to a monetary dispute between the player and a former agent, which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player."