Chile lost the replacement of Ecuador at the World Cup in the case of Byron Castillo

Chile’s attempt to oust its South American rival Ecuador from the FIFA World Cup failed on Friday when the Disciplinary Board of the Global Football Governing Body rejected a claim that Ecuador had released an ineligible player in several qualifying matches.

The case concerned defender Byron Castillo, who Chile claims was not only born in Colombia but also three years older than indicated in Ecuadorian-identified documents. The Chilean Football Federation has submitted registry documents, including birth certificates, proving its claim.

Withdrawal of an ineligible player under the governing body, FIFA, can result in the loss of any match in which an unacceptable player participates.

Ecuador finished fourth in the Continental Qualifiers, winning one of the four South American automatic places at the World Cup. But Chile demanded that Ecuador leave the eight qualifiers in which Castillo appeared and give his rivals three points in those games. Chilean officials have calculated that this result would shift the qualifying results in South America and take Chile to the World Cup at the expense of Ecuador.

FIFA said its officials had analyzed statements from all parties involved in the case – including Peru, which will play in its intercontinental playoffs in Qatar next week – before concluding that Ecuador had no answer.

Chile can appeal the decision to FIFA and also to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. FIFA said it had informed all parties of its decision; No federation has made any public comment.

Ecuadorian Football Federation A statement was issued Chile has since filed a lawsuit in May denying what he called “false rumors” about Castillo, who he said was a Ecuadorian citizen in legal and sporting terms.

“We categorically reject any attempt by anyone trying to prevent us from participating in the Qatar World Cup, which was legally accepted on the pitch,” the federation said at the time.

Castillo’s history has been in the spotlight for several years after an extensive investigation into player registrations in Ecuador investigated hundreds of cases and punished at least 75 young players who were found to have forged records. Due to a cautious mistake that could jeopardize Ecuador’s World Cup hopes this year, officials from its national football federation have suspended Castillo’s selection for the senior national team until this year.

Two years ago, in fact, the chairman of a special commission of inquiry convened by the federation suggested that Castillo was a Colombian, something Chilean officials claimed.

“How can we not act with this level of evidence in hand?” A lawyer representing the Chilean federation, Eduardo Carletso, said at the time. Carletzo argued that in addition to the Ecuadorian birth certificate used by Castillo, he was also a Colombian for a child born in 1995 with a similar name and whose parents have the same names as Castillo.

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