The Chilean Football Federation said last month it had proof that Ecuadorian Byron Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia, in 1995, and not in the Ecuadorian town of General Villamil Playas in 1998, as shown on his official documents.
He claimed that the Barcelona full-back from Guayaquil, who played eight of Ecuador’s 18 qualifying games for Qatar, used a fake passport and birth certificate.
“After analyzing the submissions of all the parties concerned and examining all the elements submitted to it, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to close the procedure initiated against the FEF (Ecuadorian Football Association),” he said. she said in a statement.
“This decision remains subject to appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee.”
Ecuador collected 14 of their 26 points in games played by Castillo. Had they dropped points for the games Castillo appeared in, they would have missed out on a place in Qatar.
Ecuador are one of four South American teams that have already qualified for the World Cup final later this year, along with Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Fifth-placed Peru will face the qualifiers next week.
“Today sporting justice has been served,” FEF president Francisco Egas wrote on Twitter. “We always knew we were on the right side, let’s go to Ecuador!
Hoy se ha hecho justicia deportiva, siempre supimos estar del lado correcto, vamos Ecuador!!! @FEFecuador https://t.co/epK9HJ4W2o
—Franciscoegas (@franciscoegas) 1654871591000
Egas also attached FIFA’s letter stating that the Disciplinary Committee had dismissed the charges and closed the disciplinary proceedings against the FEF.
Chile finished seventh in qualifying with 19 points, but Eduardo Carlezzo, a Chilean FA lawyer, said that if Chile got the points from the two games against Ecuador in which Castillo played, they would have gone to the World Cup instead.
Ecuador are in Group A alongside hosts Qatar, Senegal and the Netherlands. The World Cup begins on November 21.
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