Ecuador hold World Cup spot after FIFA dismisses Chile criticism

Ecuador will play at this 12 months’s World Cup after FIFA dismissed Chile’s declare that their South American rivals had fielded an ineligible participant within the qualifiers.

Chile complained to FIFA final month that Byron Castillo, who featured in eight World Cup qualification matches for Ecuador, was truly born in Colombia and is three and a half years older than his documentation states.

That put Ecuador’s place on the Qatar World Cup beneath risk. They completed fourth within the CONMEBOL qualification group, forward of Chile, Colombia and Peru.

However on Friday, FIFA launched an announcement saying: “After analysing the submissions of all events involved and contemplating all components introduced earlier than it, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has determined to shut the proceedings initiated in opposition to the FEF.”

FIFA added that the choice is topic to enchantment.

Chile had mentioned that “innumerable proofs” together with “info and paperwork” meant that Ecuador and Castillo ought to be investigated by FIFA.

Beforehand, FIFA sanctioned Bolivia in 2016 for fielding an ineligible participant, Nelson Cabrera, in 2018 World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Peru and Chile — who have been subsequently awarded 3-0 wins.

Bolivia have been additionally fined.

Ecuador received 14 of their 26 factors in qualification matches which Castillo performed — in the event that they have been to be stripped of these outcomes, they might end second-bottom of the CONEMBOL qualification group.

Ecuador additionally received 4 factors from two matches in opposition to Chile wherein Castillo featured. If Chile had been awarded 3-0 wins for each, as was the case with Bolivia again in 2016, that may have elevated them to 24 factors — degree on factors with fifth-placed Peru however above them and into the ultimate World Cup spot by advantage of a superior aim distinction.

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