(AFP) - Fifa on Thursday ordered Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue to serve a one-year ban over fees owed to a former agent.
The Ivory Coast international can automatically end the ban if he pays the money to his ex-agent Sebastien Boisseau, the world body said.
Fifa said the ban covers "any football-related activity that will last for one year or until he pays the total outstanding amount owed to his former agent".
A Fifa players status committee ruled in July 2013 in favour of Boisseau in a contractual dispute with Eboue. In September 2014, the Fifa disciplinary committee fined the Ivory Coast star 30,000 Swiss francs (S$42,000) for failing to comply with the decision.
He was then given a 120-day "grace period" to settle the debt before Boisseau would be entitled to request that a one-year ban be imposed.
Eboue appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but lost. After a new deadline for payment was set and passed, Boisseau "requested that the one-year ban be imposed on Mr Eboue in accordance with the decision of the Fifa disciplinary committee", said a Fifa statement.
The world body said England's Football Association has been asked to impose the ban.