Although Chile’s petition to eventually replace the Ecuadorian team at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar was denied.
FIFA rejected Chile’s claim that Byron Castillo, an Ecuadorian, was a Colombian and unable to participate in World Cup qualifier matches. For Ecuador, Castillo participated in eight of them.
According to FIFA’s appellate committee, the athlete “should be regarded as holding permanent Ecuadorian nationality in conformity” with legal football regulations based on the credentials submitted.
The decision preserves a FIFA regulatory decision from June and keeps Ecuador on schedule to play Qatar in the World Cup opener on November 20 in Qatar.
Group A also includes Senegal and the Netherlands. Chile will maintain its legal battle. Now that FIFA’s decision has been rendered, the Chilean football association may appeal it to the CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The nine weeks until the commencement of the Tournament allow for the organization of an urgent hearing and decision by the sport’s top court.
According to Chile, Castillo should not have featured for the Ecuadorian team, claiming to have proof that he is a Colombian national.
Just after the FIFA World Cup selection was conducted on April 1 and after FIFA and the Qatari organizers sold millions of tickets and hotel facilities to Ecuadorian supporters, Chile started to build its case.
Chile might have climbed to the fourth guaranteed qualifying spot in the South American qualifying campaign if Ecuador forfeited all 8 of the matches Castillo participated in. Ecuador would also have lost the game and been disqualified.
A state legislature has awarded athletes nationality. They are still eligible for the national team. Only the jury members were present during the appeal process. In consecutive World Cup qualifying tournaments, Chile complained about a player from a rival team.
Bolivia lost two games in its World Cup qualification group after using an unauthorized player as a midway replacement. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that FIFA was justified in investigating even when complaints were lodged days after the matches were completed.
Bolivia was unsuccessful in its appeal. Chile eventually suffered from that case. Peru won the playoff and went on to the 2018 event in Russia thanks to the three additional points handed to it, which put it ahead of Chile.
FIFA then drafted more stringent regulations for the 2022 World Cup, mandating that all competitors in qualifying matches provide a “genuine permanent international passport” for the referees to examine.