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MOSCOW, 16 Sep – The Appeal Committee of the International Football Federation (FIFA) has rejected the request of the Chilean Football Federation (FFCH) and the Peruvian Football Association (FPF) to exclude the Ecuador national team from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to the official website of the organization.
FFCH and FPF filed appeals against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee not to disqualify the Ecuador national team due to the participation of footballer Byron Castillo, accused of falsifying documents, in qualifying matches in the preliminary round of the 2022 World Cup.
According to the Chilean side, Byron Castillo was born in 1998 in Colombia, and his name appeared in the database of Ecuador only in 2012. According to Ecuadorians, Castillo is 23 years old, he is a native of the Ecuadorian city of Playas. The Chilean federation demanded that the Ecuador national team count technical defeats in those matches in which Castillo took part.
The Ecuador national team scored 26 points and took fourth place in the standings, which gives a direct ticket to the World Cup. Team Chile (19 points) finished seventh. However, Castillo never played in the qualifying tournament against the national teams of Peru (fifth place, 24 points) and Colombia (sixth place, 23 points), so the Chilean side expected that if the Ecuador national team was awarded technical defeats, the Chilean team would receive an additional six points, bypass Peruvians and Colombians and will receive a ticket to the tournament in Qatar.
Ecuador will compete in Group A at the 2022 World Cup against Senegal, the Netherlands and hosts Qatar.
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