Sunderland have issued a club statement on their website about the sacking of Emmanuel Eboue.
At the beginning of March, the former Arsenal defender signed a contract with the Black Cats until the end of the current season. However, the 32-year-old has been banned from sports for one year by FIFA, after failing to pay his former agent Sebastien Boisseau.
“The club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision,” the statement reads.
“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.”
After starting his career in his homeland, Eboue moved to Belgium with Beveren before moving to England and signing for Arsenal in 2004.
Eboue was part of the Gunners’ side which made it to the UEFA Champions League Final in 2006, spending eight seasons in North London before joining Turkish giants Galatasaray.
During his time at the Türk Telekom Arena he won three Super Lig titles and five domestic trophies, gaining further experience in the UEFA Champions League during his four years in Istanbul.
Sunderland are currently in a fierce relegation battle with Newcastle United and Norwich City. The Black Cats are ranked 18th with just 26 points after 30 matches, two points down from the Canaries.