Fifa’s Appeals Board on Friday rejected appeals from Chile and Peru challenging the validity of the Ecuadorian nationality of player Byron Castillo, aligned during qualifying for the 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18), thus definitively validating the Ecuador ticket for the World Cup.
“After analyzing all the documents submitted to the file by the parties and holding a hearing, the Appeals Committee confirmed the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to close the proceedings against the FEF (Ecuadorian Football Federation , editor’s note)“Fifa said in a statement. “Among other considerations, it considered, on the basis of the documents presented to it, that the player should be considered as a holder of Ecuadorian nationality on a permanent basis, in accordance with art. 5 para. 1 of the regulations for the application of the FIFA statutes“added Fifa. The decision can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Fifa said.
Chile’s complaint had been filed for “use of a falsified birth certificate, false declaration of age and false nationalityby Byron Castillo. According to the Chilean Federation, there was “countless proofs that the player was born in Colombia, in the city of Tumaco on July 25, 1995 and not on November 10, 1998 in the Ecuadorian city of Playas“.