FIFA opens a disciplinary file for the ‘Byron Castillo case’

The FIFA has opened a disciplinary procedure in relation to the possible non-compliance by Byron Castillo of the call criteria for eight matches he played with the selection of Ecuador in the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The international body «has invited the Ecuadorian Federation and the Peruvian Football Federation to present their positions before the FIFA Disciplinary Commission,» it said in a statement.

Complaint from the Chilean Federation

The FIFA thus responds to a complaint filed by the Federation of Chili before that Disciplinary Commission, in which he presented allegations about the possible falsification of the documents that grant Ecuadorian nationality Byron Castillo.

The selection of Ecuador qualified directly for the World Cup, along with those of Brazil, Argentina Y Uruguayunlike those of Chili Y Peru. The Peruvian team, which finished fifth behind the Ecuadorian, will play a playoff.

The defender was lined up by the Ecuadorian coach Gustavo Alfaro for the two games against Paraguay Y Chili and on one occasion before Uruguay, Bolivia, Venezuela Y Argentinakey matches for the team to achieve one of the direct quotas for the World Cup.

«Innumerable proofs that he was born in Colombia»

The Chilean Federation denounced on the 5th that there is «countless evidence that the player was born in Colombia.»

«The investigations carried out in Ecuador, including a legal report from the National Civil Registry Directorate, declared the existence of inconsistencies in the birth certificate presented by the player,» said this body, which accused the Ecuadorian Federation of having » full knowledge» of the irregularities.

A possible sanction from FIFA could involve subtracting points from Ecuador for the parties that Castle played, which would alter the list of classifieds.

A legal technical report from the national directorate of the civil registry of Ecuador states that the birth registration of Byron Castillo in the Ecuadorian city of Guayas it does not appear in the volume, the page and the requested record, according to an official document.