Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue has been banned for one year because he owes money to his former agent, soccer's governing body FIFA said.
"Sunderland AFC has been advised by the Football Association that Emmanuel Eboue has been placed under an immediate suspension from football and all football-related activity for a period of one year, by FIFA," said a club statement.
"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.
"Eboue signed a contract with Sunderland AFC until the end of the current season and the club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision."
However, FIFA said the ban on the Ivorian would be lifted if he paid the outstanding amount to the agent, who was named as Sebastien Boisseau.
Eboue was ordered to pay the undisclosed amount by FIFA's Players' Status Committee in July 2013, a decision taken on the basis of the players' agents rules which were in force at the time.
Eboue was fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($31,162) in September 2014 for failing to comply with the decision and given four months to settle the debut, FIFA said.
($1 = 0.9627 Swiss francs)