Qatar v Ecuador confirmed as 2022 World Cup opener as Court of Arbitration for Sport dismisses Chile and Peru’s appeals over Byron Castillo


Ecuador will definitely face Qatar in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) gave them the green light to participate.

Chile and Peru claimed that Ecuadorian winger Byron Castillo was ineligible to take part in the qualifying rounds and demanded that Ecuador relinquish the points they had earned from matches in which they faced him .

Castillo was the player in the spotlight after touring for Ecuador
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But CAS agreed with the September verdict from FIFA, which determined Castillo was eligible to play because he had obtained an Ecuadorian passport.

“Since the nationality of a player from a national association is determined by national laws… Byron Castillo was eligible to play for the FEF in the preliminary round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, given that Ecuadorian authorities have recognized Byron Castillo as an Ecuadorian national,” a CAS statement read.

Ecuador, however, will get a three-point deduction at the start of the next round of the World Cup qualifiers.

They will also be fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£87,710.32) for “using a document containing false information”, the CAS said.

In September, FIFA rejected Chile’s appeal following their initial complaint against the player.

They said Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia, in 1995 and not in the Ecuadorian town of General Villamil Playas in 1998, as stated on his official documents.


Qatar v Ecuador confirmed as 2022 World Cup opener as Court of Arbitration for Sport dismisses Chile and Peru's appeals over Byron Castillo
The start of the 2022 World Cup is less than two weeks away
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Castillo has appeared in eight of Ecuador’s qualifying matches, playing against Chile twice, the first of which finished fourth in the table.

Peru, one of the teams to complain about, finished fifth in South American qualifying, missing out on the automatic final spot for Qatar.

Chile, meanwhile, finished seventh and hoped to qualify for the tournament which begins on November 20.

Ecuador are in Group A alongside Qatar, Senegal and the Netherlands.

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