“Today sporting justice has been done, we have always known how to be on the side of reason. Vamos Ecuador”. The hot comment via social media by the president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation, Francisco Egas, highlights the relief at FIFA’s decision not to accept Chile’s appeal, which in fact confirms Ecuador’s pass for the World Cup in Qatar. The disciplinary commission of the international federation, in fact, has decided to close the investigation opened after the Chilean accusations against the rival national team of having deployed eight times during the qualifications a player who is actually Colombian, the 23-year-old Byron Castillo, falsifying his documents. Ecuador risked a sanction that could go as far as exclusion from the tournament, opening a new scenario in terms of repechage that had aroused on the Italian social networks the rumor about the suggestion of a blue presence. Fifa, publicly and privately to the FIGC, had reiterated that this is a baseless hypothesis and Gravina himself had explicitly said that the chances of repechage were zero. In the front row to inherit the pass there would have been first of all Chile, which would have taken the place of Ecuador – which will be in the group with Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal, while Peru, would still have had to face Australia next Monday. in a playoff that will define the last participant in the next World Cup. “The Disciplinary Commission has taken its decision in relation to the potential ineligibility of Byron David Castillo Segura to participate with Ecuador in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers – reads the FIFA press release – and, having analyzed the arguments of the interested parties and all the elements, has decided to dismiss the proceedings against the Ecuadorian Football Federation. The decision remains subject to appeal before the Appeals Committee “. A minimal opening for Chile, which had already announced that it would appeal in the event of an adverse decision, with the intention of reaching the Sports Arbitration Court of Lausanne. Castillo, who had been on the pitch for Ecuador at both the under 17 and under 20 levels before moving up to the senior national team, played in both games against Chile in the Conmebol zone qualifiers, a 2-0 win in Quito in the September 2021 and a 0-0 draw the following November. Decisive results for the fate of the two national teams and Chile thought they had found the way to result in the verdict of the field, claiming that the 23-year-old’s birth certificate had been forged. (HANDLE).

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