After almost two months, the wait is over. FIFA chose to dismiss the charges and the evidence provided by Chili against Byron Castillo for alleged falsification of documents and, with this, leaves the ‘Red’ with no chance of going to the World Cup Qatar 2022 and ratifies the participation of Ecuador in group A of the competition, together with Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal.
In short, Chile’s position pointed to the fact that the player was not eligible for the ‘Tricolor’, since, strictly speaking, his nationality was Colombian and not Ecuadorian. The arguments seemed convincing, according to Eduardo Carlezzo, a lawyer for the Chilean side.
However, the statement issued from Zurich was brief, but forceful. On the one hand, it informs that “the FIFA Disciplinary Commission dismisses all the charges against the Ecuadorian Football Federation” and at the same time states that “the disciplinary procedure initiated against the Ecuadorian Football Federation is hereby declared closed. ”.
Will Chile lower its arms?
“In accordance with the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the parties have ten days to request a substantiated decision, which can be appealed to the FIFA Appeal Committee,” the statement said. Given this situation, from Chile they are prepared to appeal the ruling initially in FIFA and if they do not receive a favorable response, they will submit the request to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In any case, according to the southern press, the chances are minimal to reach Qatar 2022.
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