Ecuador ‘are set to be KICKED OUT of the Qatar World Cup by FIFA and replaced by Chile’
Ecuador ‘will be OUT OF THE World Cup in Qatar by FIFA and replaced by Chile’ after claims defender Byron Castillo is actually COLOMBIAN and ineligible to play in their qualifying campaign
- Ecuador could be removed by FIFA from this year’s World Cup in Qatar
- Their defender Byron Castillo has faced allegations that he forged his birth documents
- Castillo is reportedly Colombian and was reportedly ineligible for their qualifying campaign
- FIFA could give Ecuador’s spot to Chile, which finished seventh in qualifiers
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Ecuador is reportedly set to be removed from this year’s World Cup over claims that their defender Byron Castillo has falsified his birth documents and is actually Colombian – meaning he would not have qualified for their qualifying campaign.
The country’s FA had been investigated by FIFA over allegations of Chile, which finished seventh in the South American qualifier and missed out on a place in the Qatar tournament, while Ecuador finished in fourth place.
Chile claimed they had evidence that Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia in 1995, and not in 1998 in the Ecuadorian city of General Villamil Playas, as stated on its official records. It claimed that Barcelona’s full back of Guayaquil had used a fake passport and birth certificate.
Ecuador reportedly kicked out of the World Cup over claims defender Byron Castillo is actually Colombian
FIFA would prepare an announcement that Chile will replace them in Qatar
A new report from Mundo Deportivo claims FIFA has already decided to kick Ecuador out after the investigation into the allegations was completed and an announcement will be made in the coming days.
Sportsmail has approached the Ecuador FA for comment.
The report also claims there is a faint hope from Italy that they can take advantage of Ecuador’s potential expulsion and be included in the World Cup, despite being knocked out of the play-offs by North Macedonia.
That would be possible if FIFA awards Ecuador’s place to the team with the best position in their world rankings.
Chile’s lawyers have gathered evidence that Castillo falsified birth certificates, which would have prevented him from qualifying for the World Cup qualifying campaign in Ecuador.
Ecuador was drawn in a group with host country Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal for the World Cup
Eduardo Carlezzo, a lawyer representing Chile, previously urged FIFA to speed up their investigation after gathering evidence and called on them to impose the “toughest sanctions” on Ecuador.
“Chilean football is clear that a serious offense has been committed by the player (Byron Castillo). We have no doubts, with the documentation we have in hand, [de] that he is Colombian. We have a story with a beginning, a middle and an end,” the lawyer told radio ADN.
“I’m sure FIFA has the knowledge and the need to accelerate this very quickly. We expect a demonstration for this week.
‘The Ecuadorian Civil Registry declares in a legal decision that we have and that we have sent to FIFA that Castillo’s certificate of departure does not exist; and if it doesn’t exist, it’s fake.
Chilean lawyer Eduardo Carlezzo called on FIFA to impose ‘heaviest sanction’ on Ecuador
“We cannot validate that a federation accepts and validates a crime. They deserve FIFA’s toughest sanction,” concluded the lawyer.
FIFA rules in the case of ineligible players require results to be reversed as a 3-0 loss.
In South American qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, Bolivia forfeited two matches in which it fielded an ineligible Paraguay-born player as a late substitute.
Bolivia lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which said FIFA was right about the investigation, even if protests were filed weeks after the games were played.
FIFA wrote stricter rules for the 2022 World Cup, requiring all players in qualifying matches to present a “valid permanent international passport” for inspection by match officials.