Why did the Colombian play with Ecuador? To reach the Qatar World Cup 2022, of course! number? This joke does not ring the bell?
Well, none of the parties involved laughed anyway. That’s because the football federations of Chile and Ecuador are involved in a heavy defeat for a player in FC Barcelona.
Chile could slip into the World Cup 🧐#Qatar # 2022worldcup #Qatar_world # Ecuador #FIFA #world Cup # chile pic.twitter.com/YbpkdpJQuE
– FootTheBall FC (FootTheBallFC) June 9, 2022
It’s not the first time a club by that name has found itself in turmoil. However, in this regard, FIFA is involved and has to act as a judge in this case of amazing detail. No matter which way FIFA goes, it will have huge repercussions for the World Cup.
Therefore, it is important to know the facts of the matter in detail. The central question surrounding it all is, is Byron Castillo right a Colombian or an Ecuadorean?
Byron Castillo: Colombian or Ecuadorean?
To cut a long chase, the Chilean Football Association (FFC) claims Byron Castillo is a Colombian. Meanwhile, the Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) strongly insists that Castillo is an Ecuadorean. The Chilean statement said:
“There is infinite 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 Ecuadorean city of General Villamil Playas.”
So why would he possibly explode into a major brawl? Well, Chile complained to FIFA in early May that Ecuador must lose points from all the qualifying matches in which Castillo has participated.
ANFP attorney Eduardo Carlizzo explains the Byron Castillo case and Chile’s complaint against Ecuador 🇪🇨:
It is reported that there are inconsistencies and it is believed that the documents are forged.
There are no fingerprints on the document.pic.twitter.com/6AyUCY0mpB
Diego Montalvan (@DMontalvan) 8 June 2022
The defender played eight matches, in which Ecuador won by 14 points. Chile wants FIFA to award all opponents of Ecuador during that period three points each. This amount, along with the superior goal difference, would see Chile jump to fourth place in the CONMEBOL rankings.
Ecuador qualified for this spot, and Peru came in fifth. Chile took seventh place, and if their complaint succeeded, they could take Ecuador’s place. FIFA is actively investigating the issue, and it’s not as if the allegations are unfounded.
The Tweet embed Submit to FIFA a copy of Byron Castillo’s baptismal certificate from Tumaco, Colombia https://t.co/DN7XaBHuMU
– Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) 7 June 2022
Ecuador had carefully studied Castillo in recent years, to judge whether he was Colombian or not. He was eventually selected for the national team.
FIFA is expected to make its decision soon, and it will have major repercussions for the world of football, both now and at the World Cup. There have been instances of fake identities players have used in the past, but none have come close to affecting the World Cup.
Will Chile really go to Qatar?
Chile had a very disappointing qualifying campaign. Alexis Sanchez & Company. You weren’t supposed to be in your first ever Winter World Cup. However, the legal technical side can now see them making the huge event. Ecuador will be upset if FIFA issues a ruling against them. There was still no indication which way the judge was likely to proceed.
🚨 Update 🇪🇨
Nothing has been finalized regarding Byron Castillo. And rumors only repeat Chile’s allegations before the final decision on Friday. The Ecuadorean Federation is confident that the ruling will be in their favour.
Across : Tweet embed | #Ecuador pic.twitter.com/xjWHl00OSE
– Juan Carlos (@JUAN_C71) 8 June 2022
Even if Chile wins the case, Ecuador will have the right to file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration (CAS).
It will then depend on how long the decision takes to arrive. Ecuador fell into Group A along with hosts Qatar, Senegal and the Netherlands. The Dutch are one of the favorites for the World Cup, while Senegal is the defender of the African Cup of Nations champions.
Atención a lo que cuenta Tweet embed 🚨
La FIFA habría Determinado la ELIMINACIÓN de Ecuador 🇪🇨 del Mundial de #Qatar 2022 Bor la falsificación de Byron Castillo. pic.twitter.com/NGqmf4RKGg
– Pablo Geralt (@giraltpablo) 8 June 2022
So it will not be easy for any team to kick out these two teams in terms of qualification to the next round. However, Chile has some very talented players who can hold together quite well.
Needless to say, this is all talk of when Chile will officially confirm the World Cup. Ecuador will not surrender without a fight, and This story has many ups and downs left in it.