Why Chile Wants Ecuador’s Dismissal from the Qatar World Cup? Who is Byron Castillo, Reveal Here?

A South American country Chile appealed FIFA’s decision to dismiss their complaint against rival Ecuador for using ineligible player Byron Castillo. As per Chilean appeals, Castillo is a Colombian, not an Ecuadorian. Chile recently opposed FIFA’s case dismissal happened in June 2022.

What is Chile claiming regarding Ecuadorian Byron Castillo?

Two South American nations, Chile and Ecuador controversy started in May when Chile alleged Ecuador’s young player Byron Castillo, who Chile believed to be a Colombian citizen.

Ecuador national team
Ecuador national team in 2022. Source: Gaming Zone

The national football federation of Chile appealed to FIFA to investigate this issue and dismiss it from the Qatar World Cup’s participation. So that Chile would directly qualify for the tournament.
According to Chile’s argument, Ecuadorian winger Castillo was born in Tumaco, Columbia, in 1995, not in Ecuador in 1998.

The statement also claimed that Chile has supporting documents of the accused case too. Chile prepared this draft in April after Ecuador has placed into Group A, along with host nations Qatar, Senegal, and the Netherlands for the winter World Cup.

What is FIFA’s Answer to this Case?

In April 2022, Chile filed a case against Ecuador at FIFA. Then, FIFA analyzed and investigated all valid documents, and the FIFA’s disciplinary committee rejected Chile’s appeal on June 10, 2022. However, the football federation of Chile opposed FIFA’s decision on July 1.

Now, FIFA is trying to set out this case, and it hired a top-notch judge and a former White House Counsel in the second term of former POTUS Barack Obama. According to FIFA’s official reports, the organization dismissed Chile’s appeal on 16 September 2022.

As per close sources, FIFA did not change the preliminary decision, and they dismissed Chile’s appeal. The case is ongoing while Qatar and FIFA are selling thousands of tickets and accommodation rooms to Ecuador fans. In response to Chile’s argument, Ecuador already claimed their complaints are not legit and FIFA took a decision after analyzing the submitted reports.

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Who is Byron Castillo?

Byron Castillo is a 23-year-old winger who plays for MX side Leon and the Ecuadorian national team. He has played ten caps for Ecuador. Castillo played eight World Cup qualifying games in September 2021 for the Qatar World Cup.

Ecuador finished fourth in the list behind Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. Castillo previously represented U-17 and U-20 for the Ecuadorian national team. In September 2022, the Spanish sporting newspaper Marca published an audio recording admitting that he is originally from Colombia and has illegitimate entry into Ecuador.

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As per the articles, the interview between Castillo and the football federation of Ecuador kept quiet, and they defended their allegation. If this news shall come true, Ecuador will be disqualified from the Winter World Cup.