This weekend, the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will deal with a case by the football associations of Chile and Peru against the Netherlands’ World Cup opponents, Ecuador. They want Ecuador out of the tournament because defender Byron Castillo will not be eligible to play in the World Cup qualifiers.
Unions in Chile and Peru went to CAS at the end of September. They disagreed with FIFA’s decision in the Castillo case. The defender participated in a World Cup qualifier with Ecuador, but according to the Chilean confederation, that was illegal.
Chile says the documents show that Castillo was born in Colombia in 1995 and not in a city in Ecuador in 1998, as stated in its official documents. FIFA rejected the protests of Chile and Peru.
Ecuador finished fourth in the South American qualifiers and qualified directly for the World Cup in Qatar. Peru finished fifth and then lost to Australia in an intercontinental play-off for a World Cup ticket. Chile finished seventh.
Ecuador will play its World Cup opener against Qatar on November 20, unless CAS decides otherwise shortly before the start of the tournament. This is followed by group matches against Netherlands (November 25) and Senegal (November 29).
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