This Friday and Saturday the allegations will be made that will end up sealing the fate of Chili in Qatar 2022. The TAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) determined the dates on which the hearings will be held after the appeal of the Chilean and Peruvian federation to the FIFA ruling, which did not accept the claims against Byron Castillo, the Ecuadorian side they accuse of be Colombian.
“The Committee stressed that it is not disputed that the Ecuadorian passport and the Ecuadorian identity card presented to it were duly issued by the corresponding public and/or state authority. In fact, the Committee noted that the allegations put forward by the Appellants revolve essentially around the veracity of the information contained in those documents (specifically with respect to the Player’s place of birth). In other words, they must be considered authentic documents issued by the competent authorities and there is no evidence in the file showing that those documents would actually be forged or falsified.”, they pointed out from Zurich.
The refusal forced both countries to appear at the TAS. The first hearing will be held this Friday. It will be the turn of the Peruvian Football Federation that joined the allegations after being eliminated in the playoff against Australia. “The appeal filed by the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) is addressed to the FEF and FIFA. The FPF requests that Ecuador be excluded from the 2022 FIFA World Cup and replaced by Peru, who are the best runner-up. The appeal filed by the Chilean Football Association (FFCH) is addressed to the FEF, the player Byron David Castillo Segura and to FIFA”, held the TAS, acknowledging receipt in October 2022.
In the case of the ANFP, the lawyer Eduardo Carlezzo is committed to entering the World Cup due to the series of irregularities he found in the documentation collected on the soccer player’s past.
“The FFCH requests the CAS to rule that the Player was not eligible for the 8 matches played in the Qualifiers, declaring said matches lost and placing Chile in 4th position in the 2022 South American World Cup Qualifiers. Both appellants request that the CAS issue your final award no later than November 10, 2022 or earlier”, presented the TAS.
By way of contextualization, it gives an account of the chronology of the case. “In May 2022, the FFCH filed a complaint with FIFA alleging the possible falsification of the documents proving the Ecuadorian nationality of Byron David Castillo Segura, as well as the alleged disqualification of Byron David Castillo Segura for the participation of Ecuador in the matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 played between September 2021 and March 2022. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee initiated a disciplinary procedure and issued its decision on June 10, 2022 in which he dismissed all the charges against the FEF and closed the procedure. The Peruvian and Chilean football associations appealed this decision before the FIFA Appeals Committee, which dismissed his appeal in the contested decision and upheld the first instance decision“, summarizes.
It should be remembered that Ecuador will debut in the World Cup on November 20 against the local Qatar. It shares a group with the Netherlands and Senegal. The same day of the debut of the team led by Gustavo Alfaro, the Chilean team already agreed to an international friendly against Slovakia.