Emmanuel Eboue has been given a year long ban from football by FIFA and will be sacked by Sunderland having not played a competitive game for them.
Eboue, 32, was given the ban by world football's governing body for failure to make a payment to his former agent.
He was ordered by FIFA to pay agent Sebastien Boisseau an undisclosed amount he was entitled to under the terms of an agreement between the pair.
The player was fined 30,000 Swiss francs (£21,000) in September 2014 and given four months to settle the matter.
He has however still failed to pay the agent and now faces a year out of football.
Eboue had only signed for Premier League side Sunderland on March 9, having trained with the club since February, and the club have no given him notice following his ban.
The club, in a statement on their website, said that the dispute "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."