Ecuador to be expelled from the World Cup and replaced by Chile

Ecuador must be expelled from the world Cup over allegations that they fielded an unreadable player in qualifying for Qatar.

The Ecuadorian federation is being investigated by FIFA over allegations that defender Byron Castillo falsified his birth documents and is actually Colombian.

Chile claims to have proof that Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia, in 1995, and not in the Ecuadorian city of General Villamil Playas in 1998, as stated in his documents.

Chile claims Ecuador fielded an ineligible player Byron Castillo (right) in World Cup qualifiers (Image: PA)
Chile claims Ecuador fielded an ineligible player Byron Castillo (right) in World Cup qualifiers (Image: PA)

A new report by Mundo Deportivo, released by the Daily Mail, claims that FIFA is ready to expel Ecuador after completing its investigation, with an official announcement to be made in a few days.

Ecuador secured their place at the World Cup in Qatar after finishing fourth in the South American qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Chile failed to qualify after finishing seventh – two places below fifth-placed Peru in the intercontinental play-off, with Colombia also missing out on the tournament after placing sixth.

In addition to Colombia and Chile, the report states that Italy also have a slender hope of qualifying for the World Cup if FIFA decides to expel Ecuador.

Italy failed to qualify for the tournament after losing to North Macedonia in a play-off in March.

Chile claims to have proof that Castillo was born in Colombia (Image: PA)
Chile claims to have proof that Castillo was born in Colombia (Image: PA)

However, European champions can earn a spot in the tournament if FIFA awards Ecuador’s spot to the team with the highest ranking in the world.

Italy is currently in sixth place in the ranking, with Colombia in 17th.º and Chile 28º.

Eduardo Carlezzo, a lawyer representing Chile, asked FIFA to apply the “toughest sanction” to Ecuador.

“Chilean football is clear that a serious offense was committed by the player (Byron Castillo),” Carlezzo told ADN radio.

“We have no doubts, with the documentation we have in hand, that he is Colombian. We have a narrative that has a beginning, middle and end.

“I’m sure FIFA is aware of the need to accelerate this very quickly. For this week we expect a demo.

FIFA is investigating the allegations (Image: PA)
FIFA is investigating the allegations (Image: PA)

“The Civil Registry of Ecuador declares in a court decision, which we have and which we have sent to FIFA, that Castillo’s departure certificate does not exist; and, if it does not exist, it is false.

“We cannot validate that a Federation accepts and validates a crime. They deserve the harshest sanction from FIFA.”

FIFA rules state that teams must lose a match 3-0 if they field an unreadable player.

In the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Bolivia lost two matches after facing Paraguayan defender Nelson Cabrera.

SPORTbible has contacted the Ecuadorian FA for comment.

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