Chaos has been installed in South America and CONMEBOL’s 2022 World Cup. All because the Ecuadorian team, which guaranteed a direct qualifier for 4th place (after Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay), has used a Colombian player.
The Colombian press reveals a birth certificate showing that the player was born in Tumaco, the city of Nariño, on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. As early as January 2019, Byron Castillo, a player from Barcelona Guayaquil, was in trouble for falsifying documents intended to falsify his identity, and the Ecuadorian Football Association does not have documents proving the player and thus the opportunity to play for the national team.
Due to Castillo’s irregular use, Ecuador could lose all the points it won in the eight games the athlete played against Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. If that happens, Ecuador will drop to the lowest of the rankings and Peru will have direct access and Colombia will play in the intercontinental playoffs (United Arab Emirates or Australia).
The case is being dealt with by lawyers from CONMEBOL, FIFA and TAS, and a formal decision is expected soon.