Ecuador’s place in the World Cup is CONFIRMED after CAS clears up claims that Byron Castillo was ineligible to play in the qualifying rounds… but they will face a three-point deduction for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. the world Cup.
Ecuador’s place in the World Cup has been confirmed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport delivered its verdict on Chile and Peru’s claims that Byron Castillo had been ineligible to play in the qualifying rounds.
Chile and Peru had claimed that Ecuador should lose the games Castillo played in because he was not born in Ecuador and relied on false documents to obtain his passport, arguing that Peru should take his place in the tournament.
Ecuador will face host Qatar in the opening match on November 20.
But the CAS agreed with the verdict delivered in September by FIFA, which had determined that Castillo was eligible to play since he had been granted an Ecuadorian passport.
Ecuador’s place in the World Cup was in jeopardy due to the claims of Chile and Peru
There were suggestions that Byron Castillo was ineligible to play in the World Cup qualifiers.
‘Since the nationality of a player with a national association is determined by national laws… Byron Castillo was eligible to play for the FEF in the preliminary round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 considering that the Ecuadorian authorities recognized Byron Castillo as a national Ecuadorian,’ said a CAS statement.
However, while ruling Castillo’s passport was authentic, CAS said it contained falsified information, namely his place and date of birth, as he was born in Tumaco, Colombia.
As a result, the court imposed a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (£87,600) and a deduction of three points for the next round of World Cup qualification for relying on a false document.
‘The panel found it necessary to hold the FEF accountable for an act of counterfeiting under article 21, para. 2 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, even if the FEF was not the author of the forged document but only the user,’ the statement said.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said that Ecuador had not done enough to revoke its place