FIFA announced on Wednesday its decision to "open disciplinary proceedings in relation to the possible breach of Byron David Castillo Segura." After the accusation of the Chilean federation for alleged false nationality of the Ecuadorian player.
The Chilean Football Federation filed a complaint with FIFA against its counterpart in Ecuador. For the reasons of "use of false birth certificate, false declaration of age and false nationality" of the player Byron Castillo.
But the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) rejected the complaint and assured that Castillo is "duly registered with the competent legal authority."
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If FIFA accepts Chile's complaint, Ecuador could lose the points from the matches in which Castillo played in qualifying, in which he won the last direct place in the region for the World Cup in Qatar.
"The Chilean Football Federation has filed a complaint with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, in which it presents various allegations about the possible falsification of the documents that grant Ecuadorian nationality to the player Byron David Castillo Segura," explains FIFA in its statement. .
"FIFA has decided to open disciplinary proceedings in relation to the possible breach of the call criteria for the indicated matches. In this context, the FEF and the Chilean Football Federation have been invited to present their positions before the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. More details will be published soon," the text concludes.
Eight World Cup matches
The winger who currently plays for Barcelona de Guayaquil defended in eight games of the tie against Ecuador, in which he won 14 points.
Castillo played for Ecuador in the draws against Argentina (1-1) and Chile (0-0), in the victories against Venezuela (1-0), Chile (2-0), Bolivia (3-0) and Paraguay ( 2-0) and in the defeats against the Guarani team (3-1) and Uruguay (1-0).
In the event that the points achieved in these matches were lost, Ecuador, which finished fourth with 26 points, would fall to the last step with 12 units.
Chile would be the main beneficiary, adding five points and climbing to fourth place with 24, which would allow it to qualify directly for Qatar-2022.
For South America, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador qualified, while Peru came in fifth place.
Ecuador is part of Group A of the World Cup, which is played between November 21 and December 18 and will debut against the host Qatar.
In a press release, the Chilean Federation explained that on May 4 it sent the FIFA Disciplinary Commission "a complaint against the player Byron David Castillo Segura and the Ecuadorian Football Federation, due to the use of a false birth certificate."
According to the information issued in Chile, "there is innumerable evidence that the player was born in Colombia on July 25, 1995, and not on November 10, 1998."
«The world of football cannot close its eyes to so many tests. The practice of serious and conscious irregularities in the registration of players cannot be accepted," added the statement from the Chilean federation.