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FIFA summoned to testify Byron Castillo, who is designated by Chili as a player ineligible to represent Ecuador in the South American qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022.

The international organization rejected in the first instance the claim of the Chilean National Association of Professional Soccer (ANFP) about what Castle was born in Tumaco, Colombia, in 1995, and not in the Ecuadorian city of General Villamil Playas, in 1998, as stated in their official documents.

Castle was quoted by court of second instancebehind the ANFP appealwho has said that he would even resort to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in case of not obtaining a positive result.

The hearing was set for September 15. The Qatar 2022 World Cup will be played between the November 20 and December 18.

Eduardo Carlezzo, attorney representing the ANFP, pointed out in an email from the entity sent to Reuters.

We thank FIFA for this clarity around our appeal hearing and for calling on Byron Castillo to answer the many questions they must have regarding their eligibility and therefore Ecuador’s qualification.

We have provided a significant amount of evidence to FIFA showing that the player was born in Colombia and that his Ecuadorian birth certificate is false. Finally, on September 15, Byron Castillo has the opportunity to explain the situation and then, in the interests of fair play, justice can take its course.

Castle, who plays for Leon in Liga MX, had participation in 8 of Ecuador’s 18 qualifying matches for the World Cup in Qatar and, Chili, Among other points, it asks that determine as lost the encounters played by the midfielder.

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Also participating in the audience, in addition to the ecuadorian federation, the Chilean and Peruvianwhich folded to the ANFP claims, after being left out of the World Cup in the rinternational takeover.

Chili closed in seventh place the tie, while Ecuador qualified directly for the World Cup ending in the cfourth place.

(With information from Reuters)

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