Sunderland terminate Eboue deal
Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has admitted his frustration at losing Adam Johnson and Emmanuel Eboue from his squad as he attempts to fend off Premier League relegation.
The 61-year-old insists Johnson, who has just started a six-year prison sentence for engaging in sexual activity with a child, got exactly what he deserved, but having lost Emmanuel Eboue to a 12-month FIFA ban over a wrangle with a former agent, he was left bemoaning his misfortune.
Allardyce said: "We have lost a hugely-talented player in Adam Johnson, irrespective of his indiscretions. He's got what he deserved, but I have lost a talented player that I would have liked to have kept, but it's taken out of my hands by other factors.
"Emmanuel Eboue - what part might he have played for us in the next eight games? Who knows now? I won't be able to find out."
FIFA revealed that Eboue, who signed a short-term deal at the Stadium of Light earlier this month, was facing a year out of the game after a four-year row over a debt owed to former agent Sebastian Boisseau.
The governing body said in a statement: "Emmanuel Eboue, who has represented Cote d'Ivoire and is currently registered for the English club Sunderland AFC, 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."