FIFA Probes Ecuador World Cup Player’s Eligibility | Football News

FIFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings against Ecuador for suspending an unauthorized player.© AFP

FIFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings after Ecuador allegedly fielded an unqualified player during its successful qualifying campaign for the Qatar World Cup. Chile, which failed to make an appearance in Qatar later this year, lodged a complaint with football’s world governing body, claiming that hill Byron Castillo was not Ecuadorian and had been born in Colombia. The Chilean Football Association claimed that “use of a false birth certificate, false declaration of age and false nationality”.

The 23-year-old Castillo played in eight qualifying matches, including both Ecuador’s matches against Chile – a 0-0 draw in Quito in September 2021, a 2-0 victory for Ecuador in Santiago two months later.

If FIFA rules against Ecuador, these matches can be forfeited, which means that Chile can enter the final qualifying place for Qatar 2022.

Chile finished seventh in the South American World Cup qualifying table, seven points behind Ecuador in the fourth and final automatic quay for Qatar.

Chile was five points behind Peru in fifth place, which now faces an intercontinental final against either Australia or the United Arab Emirates to reach the final.

“FIFA has decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings in connection with the potential inadequacy of Byron David Castillo Segura,” the governing body of football said in a statement.


The Ecuadorian FA said that Castillo was “duly registered with the competent legal authority” and had “all valid national documents”.

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