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Sunderland terminates Eboue's contract

Emmanuel Eboue has two weeks to appeal the decision by Sunderland AFC to terminate his contract.

"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.

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."

– SAFC statement

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Calls for former Sunderland training ground to be used by local teams

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There are calls for Sunderland Football Club to allow its former training ground, the Charlie Hurley Centre, to be used for grass roots teams.

The centre has been closed since the Black Cats moved to the Academy of Light on South Tyneside 13 years ago.

Peter Curtis, from North East Sport, says the site should be used by local children.

It's just sitting here wasting away. I know, and there are lots of other clubs within the North East that are really struggling for facilities. This was a great facility named in honour of Charlie Hurley and it has just been left to ruin.

– Peter Curtis, North East Sport

Allardyce surprised to see Benitez at St James' Park

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has admitted he was surprised when old foe Rafa Benitez accepted the challenge of trying to drag derby rivals Newcastle out of the relegation mire.

The two men, who have enjoyed an at times less than cordial relationship in the past, will go head to head at St James' Park on Sunday with their respective clubs yet again in severe danger of slipping out of the Barclays Premier League and knowing the value of the three points at stake.

Allardyce insists any acrimony is in the past.

Watch the Sunderland press conference here:

Former Sunderland footballer due in court on rape charge

Ex-Sunderland AFC player Cabral, whose real name is Adilson Tavares Varela, will appear before Newcastle Crown Court on April 25. He was charged with rape following an alleged attack on January 25, 2015.

Cabral, 27, was playing for Sunderland at the time but on February 2 the club announced the midfielder was leaving by mutual consent.

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“We can confirm that Adilson Tavares Varela was arrested on January 25, 2015 and subsequently charged with rape on June 24, 2015.”

– Northumbria Police

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SAFC sign Emmanuel Eboue on short-term deal

Emmanuel Eboue. Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of defender Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal.

The former Ivory Coast full-back will remain with the Black Cats until the end of the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season, having impressed following his arrival on Wearside a number of weeks ago.

After starting his career in his homeland, Eboue moved to Belgium with Breven before moving to England and signing for Arsenal in 2004.

Eboue was part of the Gunners’ side which made it to the UEFA Champions League Final in 2006, spending eight seasons in North London before joining Turkish giants Galatasaray.

During his time at the Türk Telekom Arena he won three Super Lig titles and five domestic trophies, gaining further experience in the UEFA Champions League during his four years in Istanbul.

Borini starts for Sunderland against Southampton

Fabio Borini has been rewarded for his late goal against Crystal Palace by being named in Sunderland's starting XI to face Southampton.

The Italian is one of two changes along with Younes Kaboul for the match at St Mary's Stadium. Jermain Defoe and John O'Shea drop to the bench.

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