Ecuador will not be prevented from featuring at Qatar 2022 as things stand
Ecuador’s World Cup dream remains alive. © Luis Morillo / NurPhoto via Getty Images
Chile’s national football team have lost their appeal to replace fellow South American rivals Ecuador at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, though the case is now likely to head to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Chile had argued that Ecuador’s Byron Castillo is actually Colombian and was therefore ineligible to play in eight of their World Cup qualifying games, yet FIFA deemed in a ruling on Friday that “on the basis of the documents presented, the player was to be considered as holding permanent Ecuadorian nationality in accordance” and therefore threw the complaint out.
Chile claimed to have evidence that proves Castillo is Colombian, but will now have to take their campaign to the CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland which might order an urgent hearing given the World Cup starts in around nine weeks.
Chile started preparing their case after the World Cup draw on April 1 placed Ecuador in Group A with hosts Qatar – against whom they will play the competition’s opening game – as well as the Netherlands and Senegal.