Sunderland terminate Eboue deal
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."