Arthur describes Eboue’s ban as ‘fantastic’

Ghanaian football agent Oliver Arthur says Emmanuel Eboue’s ban for defaulting in financial obligations to his former representative should serve as a lesson to all footballers

The Cote d’Ivoire international was, on Thursday, slapped with a suspension from all football-related activities by Fifa for a year or “until he pays the total outstanding amount owed to his former agent if this occurs before the one-year ban has elapsed”.

The 32-year-old defender had joined Sunderland for the rest of the season three weeks back.

“It is a great and fantastic news for agents because it showed they can take your case to a higher level,” Arthur told the BBC.

“Now it’s very easy to refer a player to a case like this and it’s easy for them to understand.

“A lot of players will now think twice in their decisions, think twice in keeping money and waiting to pay.

“Agents fees aren’t so big that players should get themselves into this mess.”

Eboue has made 72 appearances for Cote d’Ivoire, including outings at the 2006 and 2010 Fifa World Cup tournaments.

He has also played for the likes of Arsenal and Turkish side Galatasaray.

Arthur is the representative of a number of Ghanaian players including Black Stars and Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, Bologna youngster Godfred Donsah and Richmond Boakye-Yiadom of Serie B side Latina.

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