BY THE MIRROR.
Emmanuel Eboue has received offers of legal advice in his bid to overturn a court ruling set to leave him homeless in the wake of his acrimonious split from wife Aurelie divorce, reports The Mirror.
The 34-year-old former Arsenal defender spoke to the Mirror of his fears for the future after the district judge in the case, Edward Cross, ruled against him in his absence at the Central Family Court in London – and insists his ill-health prevented him from engaging in the process.
Court documents suggest he did not fill in a Form E which sets all of his assets and liabilities – and that he failed to comply with a number of orders.
Eboue contends that he was kicked out of the matrimonial home and unable to gain access to retrieve such documents requested by the court.
Broke Eboue, who has struggled with long-term depression, says he found himself further disadvantaged as he could not afford to retain his legal representation.
He maintains hospital letters, from doctors treating him for illness, were submitted in mitigation.
They explained his absence from hearings and suggested Eboue was not fit enough to attend.
Eboue was left stunned when the judge still chose to make an order in his absence -the former Gunner was in hospital at the time – without hearing his side of the story.
The Ivory Coast defender claims his limited education saw him hand over the responsibility for the couple’s financial affairs to his wife. Their joint assets – a matrimonial home and a second property in north London – will go to her.
Previously-owned apartments in the Ivory Coast were sold two years ago.
It means his wife is entitled to their joint assets and that an order for Eboue to leave their north London home will be signed by the judge if he does not do so. The deadline expired three weeks ago on December 6.
Eboue has already had an avalanche of goodwill via social media.
Eboue, who played in the 2006 Champions League final for Arsenal against Barcelona, earned millions in a seven year Premier League career, slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars.
Eboue, who now puts up at a relative’s place in London, told The Mirror that he had to hide from cops after being ordered by a judge to transfer his remaining Enfield home to his wife. He hasn’t seen his three children since June.
Eboue, who has his belongings in bags, said: “I can’t afford the money to continue to have any lawyer or barrister. I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come. Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door. My own house. I suffered to buy my house but I am now scared. I am not going to sell my clothes or sell what I have. I will fight until the end because it is not fair.”
It is now three weeks since a deadline passed for Eboue to surrender ownership of the North London home he used to share with Aurelie.
The player and his wife lived there in happier times before Eboue bought a mansion – which Aurelie has now put on the market. He understands she will rent out the Enfield property.
Eboue, who has a limited education, said he was never given guidance to manage his finances.
Insisting his wife looked after most of their affairs, he admits being “naive” with money. His handful of visits to the bank were with Aurelie.
He said: “I look back and say ‘Emmanuel, you have been naive… why didn’t you think about that before?’ It is hard. The money I earned, I sent it to my wife for our children. In Turkey I earned eight million euros. I sent seven million back home. Whatever she tells me to sign, I sign. She is my wife. The problems with FIFA were because of people advising me. People who are supposed to care. But it was because of them FIFA banned me.”
Eboue revealed he had contemplated suicide, when his financial situation went from bad to worse.
Reports from Turkey suggest that the Ivorian has been offered a coaching role at his former club Galatasaray, where he will manage the football club’s academy.
Galatasaray boss Fatish Terim, who has taken over at the Istanbul club for the fourth time in his career, told CNN Turk that he would give the former Ivory Coast full-back the role of under-14 assistant coach at the club.