Colo Colo DT Gustavo Quinteros returns ruling on Ecuador to FIFA and takes $400,000 after winning CAS appeal

Byron Castillo case

Ahead of the first decision on Chile’s complaint against Ecuador for the alleged illegal line-out of Byron Castillo in the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been made public, which demands the payment of almost complete compensation agreed in the contract of Gustavo Quinteros, when he was Ecuadorian coach.

Gustavo Quinteros unsuccessfully led the Ecuadorian national team between 2015 and 2017, with a performance of 45%
© Agency OneGustavo Quinteros unsuccessfully led the Ecuadorian national team between 2015 and 2017, with a performance of 45%

The Byron Castillo case captivated all of our senses. At least until the sentence is known this Friday, there has been no room for another topic in the global debate on sports law, so much so that a very relevant decision has been glossed over. : that of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), on the dispute between the Ecuadorian Football Federation and the current technical director of Colo Colo, Gustavo Quinteros.

The story has been quite long. On September 12, 2017, Ecuador fell to Peru in Quito and Quinteros, coach of La Tri in the South American Qualifiers for Russia 2019, was removed from his position by the local management via Twitter: “The FEF controls La Tri as DT for the two final matches to Jorge Célico, faced with the indifference of DT Quinteros when he appealed to his sensitivity”.

Anecdotally, the white quarterback’s contract had a clause that required the payment of $500,000 if either party terminated the relationship before the current term (until the end of the respective World Cup cycle). Ecuador did not want to pay, arguing that the contract was about providing services, not necessarily as a coach.

Quinteros went to FIFA’s Players’ Status Committee to claim his money, but the Bureau said the claim was inadmissible for lack of jurisdiction, as they considered the local courts in Guayaquil should resolve the dispute. From there, the former Catholic University coach would go to CAS.

And there the tortilla was turned. The CAS not only ensures that the FIFA committee could deal with this case, but also confirms that Ecuador has indeed dismissed Quinteros, for which he had to pay the agreed compensation. Finally, in accordance with the norm of Swiss law, to moderate the penalties deemed excessive, he reduced the payment to 366 thousand dollars.

Added to this is the cancellation of days worked in the month of dismissal and the costs of the trial (which the FEF paid 90% and FIFA 10%), Quinteros collected more than 400 thousand dollars in the process, which represents the defeat of the Ecuadorian federation in an instance on which it will surely come back in the months to come.

A last curiosity? Gustavo Quinteros was represented before the sports court by lawyers Javier Ferrero Muñoz, Juan Ignacio Trigero and Juan Alfonso Prieto, all of Senn Ferrero Sports & Entertainment. The same one who today leads the Ecuadorian defense against Chile’s complaint.

Don’t forget that you will be able to watch the match between the Chilean and Tunisian teams, for the semi-finals of the Kirin Cup, live and direct from Japan via streaming. All you have to do is access from a device with fixed internet or wifi, in the national territory, to follow the Asian tour of La Roja with the best quality of image and sound.

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