FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) have imposed sanctions on Ismael Bangoura and Nantes for breaching a contract to the Al Nasr Sports Club without just cause.
Despite the absence of some of the continent’s biggest names, the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off this weekend, promises to throw up more than a few surprises and thrills.
Nigeria and South Africa will join Egypt and Cameroon on the outside of the continental championship as they both stumbled at home, while the likes of Niger and Libya confirmed unlikely spots in the finals.
Bordeaux' seemingly carefree progress toward defending their league title came to an abrupt halt as they tumbled to a 4-2 defeat away at Rennes.
There was awayday cheer for title hopefuls Marseille on the opening day of the new season, as Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain earned draws.
There were celebrations for three teams in African qualifying on Sunday, as Burkina Faso, Egypt and Guinea all secured first place in their groups.