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Ecuador’s place at Qatar World Cup at threat after Chile complaint - The Athletic

Ecuador’s place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is at threat after Chile made a complaint to FIFA over an alleged ineligible player.The Chilean Football...

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Ecuador’s place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is at threat after Chile made a complaint to FIFA over an alleged ineligible player.

The Chilean Football Association claims that Byron Castillo (pictured), who plays for Ecuadorian club Barcelona, was born in Colombia and not in Ecuador, as it says on his documentation.

Chile also alleges that Castillo was born on July 25, 1995, and not on November 10, 1998, as stated in his records.

Due to the “innumerable proofs” and “information and documents”, Chile have said that the situation should be investigated by FIFA ahead of the World Cup later this year.

Ecuador qualified for this year’s World Cup in March after finishing fourth in the CONMEBOL group — ahead of Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Across 2021 and 2022, Castillo featured in eight World Cup qualification games for Ecuador, including a goalless draw with Chile and subsequent 2-0 victory, on September 5 and November 17 respectively.

In September 2016, FIFA sanctioned Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player, Nelson Cabrera, in 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Chile — who were subsequently awarded 3-0 wins.

Bolivia were also fined.

In a statement confirming they had filed a complaint, the Chilean FA said: “The practice of serious and conscious irregularities in the registration of players cannot be accepted, especially when we are talking about a world competition. There must be fair play on and off the pitch.”

The statement added: “There are innumerable proofs 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 General Villamil Playas.

A FIFA spokesperson told The Athletic: “FIFA can confirm that it has received a formal complaint from the Chilean FA in relation to this matter. FIFA has no further comment.”

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