Chile without World Cup: FIFA ruled in favor of Ecuador

FIFA dismissed this Friday the claim of the Chilean Football Association (ANFP) in relation to soccer player Byron Castillo, with which it automatically confirmed the presence of Ecuador in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which will be played this year between November 21 and December 18 th.

After analyzing the presentations made by both South American leaders, the Disciplinary Commission of the governing body of soccer decided to close the case without any penalty against Ecuador, in addition to announcing a period of 10 days for them to appeal the measure before the Appeals Committee.

The ANFP, which anticipated that it will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (TAS) based in Switzerland to continue the case, denounced soccer player Byron Castillo in May for falsifying documents to obtain Ecuadorian nationality and participate in the South American Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022. In that presentation, Chile wanted Ecuador to lose the points of the eight World Cup qualifying matches in which Castillo, a soccer player for Barcelona de Guayaquil, participated.

The Brazilian jurist Eduardo Carlezzo, representative of Chilean interests, presented evidence in the file about the soccer player’s Colombian origin. One of them was a birth certificate in Tumaco, a district of the southern department of Nariño, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. That document certifies that the player was born in 1995 and was recorded with the name Bayron by his parents Olga and Harrison, married in Tumaco and residents of the same city.

The case also contains an Ecuadorian birth certificate from 1998, registered in the province of Guayas, with the same parents of Colombian nationality and the name Byron. “In Ecuadorian it is written Byron David and in Colombian, Bayron Javier. In Colombian he was born in 1995 and in Ecuadorian he was born in 1998. The parents are the same, Olga and Harrison, Colombians. If two people have the same parents they would be brothers. So, the question is whether the Byron who is in the Ecuadorian national team has a brother named Bayron, in Colombia. Because if he does, it’s over. And no, he doesn’t. He has a sister, “Carlezzo concluded in his plea.

The sanction of FIFA, whose arguments have not yet been disclosed, was in charge of the president of the Disciplinary Commission, the Ghanaian Anin Yeboah, together with two other members of the body, the Austrian Thomas Hollerer and the Bermudian Mark Anthony Wade.

The president of the Chilean soccer federation (ANFP), Pablo Milad, was disappointed with FIFA’s decision, but assured that they will now wait for the argumentation of the ruling to address the appeal. “The ruling was not favorable, regardless of all the reliable evidence. It is surprising. We are going to wait for the justification, which will guide the appeal that we are going to make. Later, they will have to rule: if they keep it unchanged or if it opens a new window for Chile,” Milad told reporters, in addition to anticipating that the body he chairs will also resort to the TAS.

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“Today sports justice has been done, we always knew how to be on the right side, let’s go Ecuador!” Celebrated the president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), Francisco Egas, on Twitter, who later celebrated the success at a press conference. “We feel harassed and trampled by the circus set up by the Chilean Federation and its lawyer. That’s why we celebrate today. We have never stopped feeling like World Cup players since March when we rarefied our presence at Qatar 2022. We have made a calm and reasoned defense. Ecuador will play the World Cup”, ratified Egas.

The decision caused a marked disappointment in Chile, whose team did not achieve the sports classification on the field for finishing in seventh place in the Qualifiers with 19 points, below Brazil (45), Argentina (39), Uruguay (28), Ecuador (26), Peru (24, playoff) and Colombia (23, eliminated).

“The claim for Byron Castillo was useless: FIFA leaves Chile without a World Cup,” reported the newspaper La Tercera; “FIFA rejects Chile’s complaint for the Byron Castillo case and Ecuador goes to the World Cup,” headlined El Mercurio.

In contrast, the account of “La Tri”, the Ecuadorian national team under the command of Argentine technical director Gustavo Alfaro, posted the phrase “See you in Qatar” with a photo of Castillo asking for silence with his finger in his mouth after the news spread. , alluding to the failure of the Chilean approach.

Ecuador, in this way, will participate in Group A of Qatar 2022 and will debut against the host team, on Monday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Argentina at the Al Bayt stadium in the city of Jor. The second match will be played against the Netherlands, on Friday the 25th at 1:00 p.m. at the Al Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, the same scene of their third match against Senegal, on Tuesday the 29th at 12:00 p.m.

The selected “tricolor” will record its fourth presence in FIFA World Cups after Korea-Japan 2002 (24th.), Germany 2006 (12th.) and Brazil 2014 (17th.).

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