FIFA overturns appeal against Ecuador World Cup expulsion

FIFA on Friday rejected an attempt by Chile and Peru to kick Ecuador out of the World Cup, where they play the opening game against Qatar.

The complaint concerned Byron Castillo, a defender who played in eight of Ecuador’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Chilean Football Federation said there was evidence that Castillo was born in Colombia in July 1995 and not in Playas, Ecuador in November 1998.

The FFCh alleged the “use of a forged birth certificate, false declaration of age and false nationality”.

After a hearing on Thursday, FIFA’s Appeals Committee upheld an earlier ruling by the Disciplinary Committee.

“Based on the documents submitted, the player had to be regarded as having permanent Ecuadorian nationality,” FIFA said.

With just over nine weeks until the opening game on November 20, Chile or Peru can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Ecuador finished fourth in South American World Cup qualifiers to secure the last automatic regional berth.

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They have been drawn against Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal in the final.

Peru finished fifth and lost a play-off to Australia.

Chile finished seventh, five points behind Ecuador. Castillo appeared in both matches between the two countries – a win for Ecuador and a draw.

AFP

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