There are rumors that Ecuador will be kicked out of this year’s World Cup because their defender, Byron Castillo, lied on his birth certificate and is actually Colombian. If this is true, he would not have been allowed to play for Ecuador during their qualifying campaign.
FIFA looked into the claims made by Chile, which came in seventh place in South American qualifying and missed out on a spot at the Qatar tournament. Ecuador, on the other hand, came in fourth.
Chile said they had proof that Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia, in 1995 and not in the city of General Villamil Playas, Ecuador, in 1998, as his official documents say. It said that the full-back for Barcelona of Guayaquil used a fake birth certificate and passport.
A new report from Mundo Deportivo says that FIFA has already decided to kick Ecuador out of the tournament after finishing its investigation into the claims, and an announcement will be made in the next few days.
The Ecuador FA has been asked for a comment by Sportsmail.
The report also says that Italy has a small chance of getting into the World Cup by taking advantage of Ecuador’s possible expulsion. This is despite the fact that North Macedonia knocked Italy out of the playoffs.
That might be possible if FIFA gave Ecuador’s spot to the team that was ranked highest in the world instead.
Group A of the World Cup includes Ecuador, the Netherlands, Senegal, and hosts Qatar.
Eduardo Carlezzo, a lawyer for Chile, had previously asked FIFA to speed up their investigation and give Ecuador the “harshest sanctions” after putting together evidence.
“It’s clear that the player did something very wrong in Chilean soccer” (Byron Castillo). With the proof we have, there is no question that he is from Colombia. The lawyer told radio ADN, “We have a story with a beginning, middle, and end.”
“I’m sure that FIFA knows how and why this needs to move along quickly. We expect a protest to happen this week.
“In a legal ruling that we have and that we sent to FIFA, the Civil Registry of Ecuador says that Castillo’s departure certificate does not exist. If it doesn’t exist, it’s a fake.”
“We can’t prove that a Federation approves of and approves of a crime.” The lawyer said, “FIFA should punish them as harshly as possible.”
If a player is not allowed to play, FIFA rules say that the score should be changed to a 3-0 loss.
Bolivia lost two games in South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup because it used a player born in Paraguay who wasn’t allowed to play.
Bolivia’s case was turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which said that FIFA was right to look into the protests, even though they were filed weeks after the games.
For the 2022 World Cup, FIFA made the rules stricter. All players in qualifying games must show a “valid permanent international passport” to match officials so they can check it.