Might 12 – Ecuador’s place on this yr’s World Cup finals seems to be in severely jeopardy after FIFA opened a disciplinary case wanting into whether or not the nation fielded an ineligible participant throughout qualifying.
The transfer got here after Chile filed a proper criticism alleging that Byron Castillo (pictured) is Colombian and shouldn’t have been allowed to play for Ecuador in eight qualifying video games. The Chileans declare to have proof that he was born in Colombia and never within the Ecuadorean metropolis of Basic Villamil as said on his official paperwork. Chile additionally claims he used a false passport and start certificates.
Ecuador now dangers having to forfeit all eight video games – together with a win and draw towards Chile.
Ecuador completed fourth in South American qualifying to seize the continent’s final automated berth for Qatar and have been drawn in the identical group because the host nation, the Netherlands and Senegal within the finals in November.
Chile completed seventh in qualifying however would transfer into the automated locations and a coveted spot in Qatar whether it is awarded six factors from its two qualifiers towards Ecuador.
Importantly, Castillo didn’t play towards fifth-placed Peru or sixth-placed Colombia.
The FIFA investigation will take a look at “allegations in regards to the attainable falsification of paperwork granting Ecuadorian nationality to the participant.” A ruling will most likely be wanted inside a month, forward of the intercontinental playoffs.
Ecuador’s FA has fiercely rejected Chile’s claims and insisted that Castillo is legally an Ecuadorian citizen.
However they may very well be on dodgy floor relying on the result. In September 2016, FIFA sanctioned Bolivia for fielding an ineligible participant, Nelson Cabrera, in 2018 World Cup qualifiers towards Peru and Chile – who had been subsequently awarded 3-0 wins.
If the identical punishment was handed all the way down to Ecuador, Chile would take their place on the event.
The FIFA assertion learn: “As not too long ago confirmed by FIFA, the Chilean Soccer Affiliation has lodged a criticism with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee by which it made a collection of allegations in regards to the attainable falsification of paperwork granting Ecuadorian nationality to the participant Byron David Castillo Segura, in addition to the attainable illegibility of the stated participant to take part in eight qualifying matches of the nationwide staff of the Ecuadorian Soccer Affiliation (FEF) within the preliminary competitors of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”
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