Ecuador will feature well in Group A of the 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18) alongside Qatar, the host country, Senegal and the Netherlands. The country won after challenges from Chile and Peru.
The two countries disputed the validity of the Ecuadorian nationality of Byron Castillo, aligned during the qualifications, due to “countless evidence that the player was born in Colombia, in the city of Tumaco on July 25, 1995 and not on November 10, 1998 in the Ecuadorian city of Playas”, according to the Chilean federation.
Seized by the CAS
Seized in early October, the CAS “partially supported their appeal”, indicates the court in a press release, thus contradicting the Fifa Appeals Commission, which had dismissed them at first instance in June and then on appeal in mid-September.
The three referees say they are convinced “that the date and place of birth” on Byron Castillo’s passport are “incorrect” and that he was indeed born in Colombia in 1995, inflicting this title on the Ecuadorian Football Federation ( FEF ) a double penalty.
Byron Castillo empowered
The body will have to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (100,650 euros) within 30 days, and its national team will begin “with 3 points of vulnerability” the qualifying campaign for the 2026 World Cup co-organized by the United States, Mexico and Canada, decided the CAS.
On the other hand, the court confirms the eligibility of Byron Castillo, therefore the Ecuadorian participation in the World Cup, on the grounds that the nationality of a player “is determined by national laws”, and that the Ecuadorian authorities “have recognized” the defender ” as an Ecuadorian citizen”.