the world of football awaits FIFA decision on Byron Castillo case and Chile complaint and related to their nationality. From La Roja they assure that the defender, who took part in the qualification process for the World Cup in Qatar with Ecuador, was actually born in Colombia and that this justifies the disqualification of the Habs.
Out of the World Cup due to their poor performances on the pitch, the Chileans are praying for the parent house of football to take their place and they will be favored with the ticket to the next World Cup over those led by Gustavo Alfaro. Everyone remains in suspense: even the players in the squad and their figures, like Arturo Vidal.
Arturo Vidal in the definition of the Italian Cup with Inter.
The wheel He was champion of the Italian Cup this Wednesday with Inter Milan after beating Juventus (4-2) and, after the match (he came off the bench at 90+1′ and was cautioned), He sent a message as a “joke” about the situation of Castillo and the case that keeps Chile and Ecuador in suspense.
What did the king do? With the champion’s medal on, a photo was taken in the locker room with Felipe Caicedo, 33-year-old Ecuadorian striker who plays for the Nerazzurri, and uploading it to his Instagram account, he wrote: “Champions, my brother. This one is Ecuadorian.” His words, of course, are an indirect palazo for the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) and the controversy over Byron Castillo and his nationality.
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Arturo Vidal and his spicy story with Felipe Caicedo. Photo: Instagram.
THE EXTRA OFFICIAL VERSION OF ECUADOR
Chile’s complaint will be officially investigated by FIFA: red they argue that Byron Castillo, a footballer who played a good part of the Qualifiers for Ecuador, was in fact born in Colombia and for this reason they must sanction El Tri, thus qualifying for the World Cup the team that today has no coach but has been led throughout this process by Martín Lasarte.
Despite the fact that the opening of the case by the parent company of international football was considered good news in Chilean lands, on the other hand, they are calm and sure that they have acted in accordance with the law and the regulations of the tournament in question. At least that’s what they said Ole very important sources within the structure of the Ecuadorian team.
FIFA is investigating the Byron Castillo case.
From the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) They claim to have worked out all the possibilities even before Castillo was summoned by Gustavo Alfaro. The defender’s first game with the Tri shirt was in September 2021 against Paraguay for the Qualifiers, but before there were consultations with specialists so as not to be mistaken.
As indicated at Oleall the reports and questions that were made about the identity situation of the footballer were favorable to Ecuador and that is why progress was made on the inclusion of Castillo in the national team. In any case, the Ecuadorian Football Federation has confirmed that Byron’s nationality is Ecuadorian.
In Ecuador, they are convinced that they have acted according to the regulations.
For this reason, while Chile’s lawyer Eduardo Carlezzo makes strong statements and even calls for the player’s life ban and Ecuador’s exclusion from the 2026 World Cup, they feel safe in the Tricolor: They are convinced that they are adjusted to the law and that they have even more respected all the necessary precautions to be able to count on the footballer.
Recently, the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) issued a press release on the subject.
THE PRECEDENT THAT FAVORS CHILE
Beyond the confidence of Ecuadorians, there is precedent that favors the Chilean claim: In 2015, Emelec had closed Castillo’s arrival at the club on loan, but his documentation did not generate confidence and checks carried out determined that the conditions were not given for him to be Blue player… The result? The operation ended up being cancelled.
“On May 8, 2015, Club Sport Emelec received the outstanding player of the U-17 national team, Byron Castillo Segura, on loan. Once the checks that the club regularly applies, in the sporting, medical and legal order, the documentation presented by the player, has not passed the filters that the club has put in place on the members of its squad“, said the institution in a press release.
In 2015, Emelec canceled Castillo’s loan for “not going through the filters” of documentation.
And in the same vein, he added: “Club Sport Emelec, informs this individual, in particular, that on July 28, 2015, proceeded with the cancellation of the loan and the return of the player, as well as that it continues to exercise strict internal controls before using any player who could be immersed in situations that affect the sporting interests of our club. The player indicated has not taken part in any match for the Club Sport Emelec first team, neither as a starter nor as a substitute”.
Over time, the defender ended up crossing paths, since in 2018 he arrived at Barcelona SC, an Emelec classic, and since then he has been one of the figures of the Idol team. With the Ecuadorian major, Castillo has played a total of eight games since being called up in September last year, being part of the squad that secured the World Cup ticket in Qatar.