Chile claim Ecuador’s World Cup spot

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Chile claims Ecuadorian Byron Castillo is Colombian. No sources

A World Cup legal dispute erupted on Thursday with Chile contesting Ecuador’s place in the finals over a player deemed ineligible.

The Chilean football federation has asked FIFA to investigate its claim that Ecuadorian player Byron Castillo is in fact Colombian and not eligible to have played in the qualifying matches.

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The complaint comes more than a month after South American qualifying ended and Ecuador were drawn into a group with hosts Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal.

“FIFA can confirm that it has received an official complaint from the Chilean FA regarding this matter,” the football governing body said in a statement.

FIFA has given no timetable for a possible disciplinary case before the World Cup kicks off on November 21.

Ecuador placed fourth in the South American qualifying group of 10 nations to qualify directly for Qatar.

Fifth-placed Peru will play a playoff match next month against Australia or the United Arab Emirates.

Chile finished seventh, seven points behind Ecuador, but say they could advance if games involving Castillo are called off.

FIFA rules for ineligible players require the results to be overturned as a 3-0 loss.

In South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifier, Bolivia lost two games in which they fielded an ineligible Paraguay-born player as a late substitute.

Bolivia lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which said FIFA was right to investigate even when protests were filed weeks after the matches had ended.

FIFA have drafted stricter rules for the 2022 World Cup requiring all players in qualifying matches to produce a “valid permanent international passport” for inspection by match officials.

Source: espn.co.uk

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