Chile will submit new evidence to FIFA to strengthen case to have Ecuador kicked out of World Cup
FIFA has called on Byron Castillo to attend Thursday’s appeals committee hearing Sportsmails bomb revelations that the Ecuadorian international confessed in an official investigation four years ago that he was born in Colombia.
The President of the Chilean Football Federation, Pablo Milad, welcomed Sportsmails publication of Castillo’s interview with investigators in which he admitted to using a false birth certificate, but the player’s lawyer claimed the new evidence was inadmissible as the feud between the two countries escalated.
FIFA also responded to the story by sending an updated request to the Ecuadorian Football Federation [FEF] for Castillo to attend the hearing in Zurich, writing that “the Ecuadorian Football Federation is requested to ensure that the player Byron David Castillo Segura is made available and present.”
Their previous communication with FEF said Ecuador is “as much as possible requested” for Castillo to be present, marking a significant change of emphasis, according to FIFA sources.
Castillo has never spoken publicly about his birth or background, although the evidence he gave to a commission of inquiry set up by FEF in 2018 seems clear.
In an audio recording published by Sports post on Monday, Castillo gives a name and date of birth to match his Colombian certificate, and details moving from Tumaco to San Lorenzo in Ecuador to pursue a professional career, and also the name of a businessman he believes is a new gave birth certificate.
Byron Castillo (left) played against Chile in World Cup qualifiers and they could have two 3-0 wins if he turns out to be ineligible.
Byron Castillo’s name was on the Ecuadorian birth certificate (left), while his real name, Bayron Javier Castillo Segura, was on the Colombian birth certificate (right)
FIFA has subpoenaed Castillo to attend their appeals committee hearing on Thursday
Castillo’s apparent confession could see Ecuador kicked out of the World Cup just two months before it faces Qatar in the opening match of the tournament.
Chile would replace Ecuador if FIFA followed recent precedent by awarding them two 3-0 wins for the matches Castillo played against them, although Peru or Italy could also get back door entry to the World Cup in other possible scenarios.
CFA President Milad claimed Tuesday that the new evidence confirmed Chile’s claim.
“This recording confirms that our claim and complaint is correct,” he said.
“From the mouth of the player, he recognizes his nationality and everything he did. This strengthens our position. It’s external evidence that we didn’t have within the evidence we presented, but it consolidates the case and shows the truth in our complaint.
‘Now we wait to see what the appeals chamber decides with this subpoena that we have on September 15. I hope the player leaves. I believe he cannot deny what he himself has said and the accusations he has made against the Ecuadorian federation.
“We didn’t have the direct background of this audio, we are surprised and happy that this recording came out. We had a history that this player was Colombian and that he cheated on the whole world.”
A lawyer for the Chilean Football Association, Eduardo Carlezzo, confirmed that the interview with Castillo was not part of the evidence they presented to FIFA when their case was dismissed at the first hearing in June, but that it would be filed this week.
“We knew this audio existed because it was clearly in official papers, but we weren’t aware of the content,” Carlezzo said.
“The recording confirms everything we’ve said since the start of this case. It is clear that this must now be submitted as evidence to the FIFA Appeals Committee before Thursday’s hearing.”
Chilean FA president Pablo Milad welcomed the newly obtained evidence from Sportsmail
This is documentation of Byron Castillo’s audio during the Ecuadorian investigation
Castillo’s attorney, Andres Holguin, argued that the evidence was not submitted during the original hearing, it was irrelevant.
“The audio circulating is nothing new,” Holguin said. In addition, a constitutional judge did not consider it evidence because it could not be certified that it came from Castillo.
The pivotal interview with Castillo in which he appears to admit that his official documents are fake took place in Ecuador in December 2018.
In the interview, Castillo is asked by the researcher: “when exactly were you born?” to which he replies, “In 95.” The next question from the researcher is: “And what year is the ID?” a survey that gets the answer “98”.
Castillo is then asked, “What are your real names?” to which he replies, “Bayron Javier Castillo Segura.”
He continued: “I crossed the border because, you know, teams from Tumaco play in San Lorenzo. I went to do some tests in San Lorenzo, I remember that well. I was never chosen for any of the teams on those trials, but my friend who was chosen never showed up, so I went instead.
Castillo was a fixture in the Ecuadorian team for their World Cup qualifying campaign
Above is a copy of the document containing the player’s Colombian Certificate of Baptism
‘I went home, I told my parents I had to go, but at the time we had no money, I remember that very well. There was no money. And I started to cry. So my dad said maybe another time and so did my mom. My mother was worried, she didn’t want to do this and this and that to me. And I was worried.
‘My father left at about 7 am, he came back at 11 or 12, with money, 20,000 Colombian pesos. With that I traveled to San Lorenzo. I arrived and I didn’t know how to fix things. I did not know. They said this and that. We’re going to do this, we’re going to help you.
‘I needed help. I came here because I wanted to help my family. I knew the situation there in Tumaco. I arrived and started playing without any problem, unknowingly. And it’s only now that I see all the problems emerging.’
The Chile FA has obtained a baptismal certificate from Tumaco in the name of Bayron Javier Castillo Segura, but it does not exist in the name of Byron David Castillo Segura.
Colombia’s birth certificate has been validated by the Birth Registry and Ministry of Foreign Relations, but Ecuador’s birth certificate was not recognized by the country’s registry office.
In addition, the signature of his father Harrinson Jose Castillo in the Ecuadorian document does not match the signature in the Colombian document.
Castillo played eight times as Ecuador qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar