Qatar 2022, thunderclap on the horizon!

Two months before the World Cup, the cast could be turned upside down. The Castillo affair offering an improbable twist.

Last spring, Chile filed an appeal with Fifa to challenge Ecuador’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup. Fourth in the South American zone and directly invited to Qatar, the Tricolor was then accused by La Roja of having falsified the identity of a player, Byron Castillo. A corridor player who took part in eight qualifying matches and who according to the Chileans would not be Ecuadorian but Colombian.

Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee has ruled on the potential ineligibility of player Byron David Castillo Segura, who took part in eight matches with the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) team in qualifying for the Cup of the world 2022could we read last June in a press release from Fifa. After analyzing the files submitted by all the parties and taking into consideration all the elements presented, the Disciplinary Committee decided to close the procedure initiated against the FEF. » Case closed? Not quite…

Supporting investigation, the Daily Mail reveals that the person concerned is indeed Colombian and that he was born in 1995, and not in 1998 as stipulated by these identity papers. According to the British media, the player himself admitted having used a false passport, covered by his federation. Revelations that discredit the qualification of Ecuador and are likely today to reshuffle the cards.

The Fifa Appeals Commission is due to meet on Thursday to reopen the case and rule again. Only two big months before the World Cup that Ecuador is supposed to open against the host country, Qatar, on November 20. Poured into group A, the Tricolor also has an appointment with Senegal and the Netherlands. Or not…

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