FIFA confirms decision on Byrne Castillo: Ecuador to play World Cup

(CNN Spanish) — FIFA took the final decision in the case Byron Castillo, an Ecuadorian national team player, whose nationality is disputed. The FIFA Appeals Committee has upheld the Disciplinary Committee’s decision to close the investigation into the case launched against the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF). This event confirms that Ecuador is going to Qatar.

The ruling corresponds to the appeal filed by the Chilean Football Federation (FFCH) and the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) against the decision adopted by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee regarding the possible violation of Byron Castillo’s participation in eight matches of the Ecuadorian national team. 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

“After analyzing the documents received from the parties and conducting the relevant investigation, based on the documents received, the Appellate Body has assessed, among other considerations, that the player should be considered a holder of permanent Ecuadorian nationality in accordance with art. 5, Part 1 of the Regulations Governing the Application of FIFA Laws,” FIFA said in its statement. .

This decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Eduardo Carlesso, a lawyer representing Chile’s soccer federation, told CNN in an email this week that he would bring “unreleased audio” to FIFA.

Chile’s complaint against Byrne Castillo and Ecuador

On May 4, the Chilean Football Federation – which has withdrawn from Qatar – filed a complaint against Byrne Castillo and the Ecuadorian Football Federation with the FIFA Disciplinary Authority for “use of false birth certificates, false age and use of false citizenship”. , According to an official statement.

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“There is overwhelming evidence that the player was born in Colombia, in the city of Dumaguete, on July 25, 1995, and not on November 10, 1998, in the Ecuadorian city of General Villamil Place,” the Chileans confirmed, and they made notes. An investigation in Ecuador, according to them, showed “inconsistencies” in the birth certificate provided by the player.

FEF issued a scathing statement He affirmed that Castillo “is an Ecuadorian citizen for all legal purposes in the civil sector and in sports, duly registered with the competent national authority and keeping all national documents in order.”

Ecuador’s federation described Chile’s statements as “baseless rumours” with the “clear intention of destabilizing the federation”. The organization insisted that qualification for Qatar 2022 was “legally obtained on the field and represents all the principles and values ​​emanating from the game” and current regulations.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee agreed with Ecuador, and now the Appeals Committee is upholding it.

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