BARRIO – This Saturday, the news was released that 23 year-old Club León full-back Byron Castillo would not travel to Qatar with the Ecuador National Team “in order to avoid future problems”, said Ecuador Ambassador in Qatar, Pascual Del Cioppo.
“Unfortunately, Byron Castillo will not travel. It would be the icing on the cake for him to come and score a goal but the information we have is that he will not be coming to Qatar. It is a decision taken by the federation, surely to avoid future problems.”
More than likely this is the reason that Ecuador is one of the last teams to release their squad for theWorld Cup.
Castillo was involved in an alleged case of document fraud and, according to the reports filed by Peru and Chile, the footballer was born in Tumaco (Colombia) and not in Ecuador, as his documentation reportedly says. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had ruled that the footballer had his documents in order when he began to play for Ecuador; now it appears as though those documents were validated with false information.
CAS took three decisions with respect to the player: firstly, they will dock Ecuador of 3 points in the next qualifying tournament; a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $106,000) must be paid and both Chile and Peru must also be financially compensated.
Ecuador will play in Group A vs. The Netherlands, Senegal and hosts Qatar, who they play in the opening match of the tournament on Sunday November 20.