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Ecuador keep place at Qatar World Cup after Chile appeal rejected

Ecuador’s selection of right-back Byron Castillo in their World Cup qualifying campaign has not cost them their place in the tournament.

Handout picture released by the Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) showing its president Francisco Egas speaking during a press conference at the FEF's headquarters in Quito, on June 10, 2022. - FIFA has closed its inquiry into the alleged ineligibility of Ecuador full-back Byron Castillo during World Cup qualification, without indicating any sanction, the sport's world governing body said.
The complaint had been brought by the Chilean football federation (FFCh) who would potentially have leapfrogged Ecuador into direct World Cup qualification had it been upheld. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa / Ecuadorean Football Federation / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / FEDERACION ECUATORIANA DE FUTBOL - Dolores OCHOA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Chile’s appeal to have Ecuador disqualified from the World Cup in Qatar has been rejected by FIFA.

The appeal was made on the basis of Ecuador selecting an ineligible player during their qualifying campaign.

Football’s world governing body opened disciplinary proceedings last month following allegations that right-back Byron Castillo is Colombian and not eligible to represent Ecuador.

Castillo made eight appearances for Ecuador in their South American qualifying campaign.

Ecuador going to Qatar

Chile, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, lodged a complaint, but FIFA confirmed on Friday that Ecuador will keep their place at the World Cup, which starts in November.

A statement on FIFA’s website read: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has rendered its decision in relation to the potential ineligibility of the player Byron David Castillo Segura with regard to his participation in eight qualifying matches of the national team of the Ecuadorian Football Association (FEF) in the preliminary competition of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

“After analysing the submissions of all parties concerned and considering all elements brought before it, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to close the proceedings initiated against the FEF.

“The Disciplinary Committee’s findings were notified today to the parties concerned. In accordance with the relevant provisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the parties have 10 days in which to request a motivated decision, which, if requested, would subsequently be published on legal.fifa.com. The present decision remains subject to an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee.”

La Roja, who finished seventh to miss out on a play-off spot, would have taken Ecuador’s place had FIFA disqualified them.

Ecuador will face hosts Qatar, Netherlands and Senegal in Group A.