Ecuador ‘are set to be KICKED OUT of the Qatar World Cup by FIFA and replaced by Chile’ after claims that defender Byron Castillo is actually COLOMBIAN and was not eligible to play in their qualifying campaign
- Ecuador could be removed from this year’s World Cup in Qatar by FIFA
- Their defender Byron Castillo has faced claims he falsified his birth documents
- Castillo is allegedly Colombian and was not eligible for qualifying campaign, according to reports
- FIFA could give Ecuador’s place to Chile, who finished sixth in qualifying
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Ecuador are reportedly set to be expelled from this year’s World Cup over claims their defender Byron Casillo falsified his birth documents and is actually Colombian – which means he would have been ineligible for their qualifying campaign.
The country’s FA had been investigated by FIFA over the allegations raised by Chile, who finished seventh in South American qualifying and missed out on a place at the Qatar tournament, while Ecuador finished in fourth place.
Chile claimed they had proof that Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia in 1995, and not in the Ecuadorean city of General Villamil Playas in 1998 as stated on his official documents. It claimed the Barcelona of Guayaquil full back used a false passport and birth certificate.
Ecuador are reportedly set to be thrown out of the World Cup over claims that defender Byron Castillo is actually Colombian
FIFA are said to be preparing an announcement that Chile will replace them in Qatar
A new report from Mundo Deportivo claims FIFA has already made its decision to kick Ecuador out after concluding its probe into the allegations and an announcement will be made in the next few days.
Sportsmail has approached the Ecuador FA for comment.
The report also claims there is a faint hope from Italy that they might be able to take advantage of Ecuador’s potential expulsion and be included in the World Cup despite being dumped out by North Macedonia in the play-offs.
That might be possible if FIFA award Ecuador’s place to the team with the best position in their World Rankings instead.
Chile’s lawyers have compiled evidence that Castillo falsified birth documents – which would have made him ineligible for Ecuador’s World Cup qualifying campaign
Ecuador were drawn in a group with host nation Qatar, Holland and Senegal for the World Cup
Eduardo Carlezzo, a lawyer representing Chile, previously urged FIFA to speed up their investigation after compiling evidence and called on them to inflict the ‘harshest sanctions’ on Ecuador.
‘Chilean soccer is clear that a serious offense has been committed by the player (Byron Castillo). We have no doubt, with the documentation we have in hand, [de] that he is Colombian. We have a narrative that has a beginning, a middle and an end,’ the lawyer told radio ADN.
‘I’m sure that FIFA has knowledge and the need to speed up this very quickly. For this week we expect a demonstration.
‘The Civil Registry of Ecuador declares in a legal ruling, which we have and that we sent to FIFA, that Castillo’s departure certificate does not exist; and, if it doesn’t exist, it’s fake.
Chile’s lawyer Eduardo Carlezzo called for FIFA to impose ‘the harshest sanction’ on Ecuador
‘We cannot validate that a Federation accepts and validates a crime. They deserve the harshest sanction from FIFA’, concluded the lawyer.
The FIFA rules in cases of ineligible players require results to be overturned as a 3-0 loss.
In South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Bolivia forfeited two games in which it fielded an ineligible Paraguay-born player as a late substitute.
Bolivia lost an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport which said FIFA was right to investigate even when protests were filed weeks after the games were played.
FIFA wrote stricter rules for the 2022 World Cup requiring all players in qualifying games to produce a ‘valid permanent international passport’ for inspection by match officials.
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