BARRIO – Ecuador’s FA is being investigated by FIFA over allegations that defender Byron Castillo falsified his birth documents and is actually Colombian.
Chile claim to have proof that Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia in 1995, and not in the Ecuadorean city of General Villamil Playas in 1998 as stated on his documents.
A new report from Mundo Deportivo, reported by the Daily Mail, claims FIFA is ready to expel Ecuador after concluding its investigation, with an official announcement to be made within days.
Ecuador booked their spot at the World Cup in Qatar after finishing fourth in South American qualifying.
Chile, meanwhile, failed to qualify after finishing seventh – two places below fifth place Peru in the intercontinental play-off spot, with Colombia also missing out on the tournament after coming sixth.
In addition to Colombia and Chile, the report claims that Italy also have a faint hope of qualifying for the World Cup if FIFA decide to expel Ecuador.
Italy failed to qualify for the tournament after losing to North Macedonia in a play-off in March.
However, the European champions could be handed a place at the tournament if FIFA award Ecuador’s place to the team with the highest world ranking.
Italy are currently sixth in the rankings, with Colombia 17th and Chile 28th.
FIFA rules state that teams must forfeit a match 3-0 if they field an ineligible player.
In qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Bolivia forfeited two matches after playing Paraguay-born defender Nelson Cabrera.