As the event draws near, a disagreement around a suspected ineligible participant rages on.

After Chile’s original protest that Ecuador played an ineligible player in a qualifier was rejected, the Chilean federation decided to challenge FIFA’s decision to allow Ecuador to compete in the World Cup.

After Chile’s federation, the ANPF, claimed to have evidence that Ecuador’s Byron Castillo was not actually born in the Ecuadorian city of General Villamil Playas in 1998 as stated on his official documentation, FIFA decided on June 10 that Ecuador may participate in Qatar.

After Castillo participated in eight of Ecuador’s 18 qualification games, Chile has continued to claim that the full-back used forged credentials and was actually born in Tumaco, Colombia, in 1995.

What was said?

The general secretary of the Chilean Football Association, Jorge Yunge, issued the following statement: “We are absolutely confident in the findings of our investigations.

“It is without a doubt the player’s falsified Ecuadorian document. The entire concept of fair play is at risk here, not just a spot in the 2022 World Cup.

How did the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying process go?

Chile missed out on the opportunity to travel to Qatar in November by placing seventh in qualification with 19 points.

Peru came in fifth place for the final available spot in Qatar, but was disqualified from the finals after Australia won their playoff.

While competing, Ecuador placed fourth to earn the final automatic qualifying spot.

The last three qualifying spots were taken by Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.

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