FIFA rejected Chile's request and Ecuador will play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

(Spanish CNN) — Finally, Chile will not go to Qatar: FIFA rejected this Friday the presentation of the football federation of this country for the alleged bad inclusion of the player Byron Castillo by Ecuador, with which it ratified the participation of the team led by Gustavo Alfaro at the next World Cup.

“After analyzing the allegations of all the parties involved and examining all the elements provided, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to close the procedure initiated against the FEF (by the Ecuadorian Football Federation),” FIFA said in a statement. a statement.

In its ruling, world football’s governing body clarified that Chile can still lodge an appeal with the FIFA Appeals Committee.

On May 4, the Chilean Football Federation – which did not qualify for the Qatar World Cup – filed a complaint against Byron Castillo and the Ecuadorian Football Federation with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for “use of false birth certificate, false declaration of age and false nationality,” according to an official statement.

“There is 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 General Villamil Playas“, claimed the Chileans, and referred to investigations carried out in Ecuador which, according to them, show that there are “inconsistencies” in the birth certificate that the player presented.

After Chile’s presentation, Ecuador was quick to react: the next day, the federation issued a harsh statement in which he assured that Castillo is “an Ecuadorian citizen for all legal purposes, both in the civil and sporting fields, duly registered with the competent national authority and having all the national documents in order”.

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The Ecuadorian federation also called Chile’s statements “unfounded rumours” with “the clear objective of destabilizing the federation”. The organization insisted that qualification for Qatar 2022 was achieved “legitimately on the pitch and representing all the principles and values ​​that emanate from the sport” as well as the applicable regulations.

The Ecuadorian team, led by Argentinian Gustavo Alfaro, qualified directly for the Qatar World Cup after finishing fourth in the standings, behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. They will join Group A with the host country, Senegal and the Netherlands.

This will be his fourth appearance at the World Cup after appearing at Korea-Japan 2002, Germany 2006 (where he achieved his best performance by reaching the round of 16) and Brazil 2014.

Conmebol will have the opportunity to add a fifth representative next Monday when Peru, led by fellow Argentine Ricardo Gareca, take on Australia in the final playoff game.


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