Qatar 2022 is two months away from starting and there could be a huge change in the organization. Now, Ecuador could be kicked out of the next FIFA World Cup as there are some reports establishing that there's new evidence on Byron Castillo's true nationality.
Once the CONMEBOL Qualifiers ended, Ecuador won a direct ticket to Qatar 2022 with the 4th place. Everything was joy with La Tri, but now things could change as it is uncertain if they will participate in the next FIFA World Cup.
After they advanced to the biggest soccer tournament in Men's category, Ecuador was under the radar instantly. Documents about Byron Castillo's nationality appeared and they pointed out that the defender was not Ecuadorian but in fact he is Colombian. Reportedly there is new evidence confirming this mistake and La Tricolor could be kicked out of Qatar 2022.
Report: Byron Castillo admitted using a fake Ecuadorian passport
Byron Castillo's case has been a very controversial topic for FIFA, Ecuador and two South American national teams: Chile and Colombia. According to some reports, the defender was born in this last named country and the Ecuador Football Federation [FEF] covered it up.
Chile made a complaint to FIFA by saying that Byron Castillo should have not been lined up by Ecuador in the Qatar 2022 CONMEBOL Qualifiers as they said that the defender was Colombian, not Ecuadorian. After the first audience, the organization issued a favorable ruling to Ecuador and nothing else happened, but now this could change.
According to Sportsmail, there's new evidence on Byron Castillo's case that could kick out Ecuador of Qatar 2022. An audio from an interview to the player, made in 2018 by FEF's Investigative Commission, reveals some details that doesn't match to what the Ecuador Football Federation said to FIFA about his situation.
- Byron Castillo says in the interview that he was born in 1995, not in 1998 as the Ecuadorian birth certificate establishes.
- He presents himself as Byron Javier Castillo Segura and not Byron David Castillo Segura. The first name appears like that in the Colombian birth certificate that it was revealed months ago.
- Byron Castillo tells how he left the city of Tumaco (Colombia) to play for San Lorenzo (Ecuador) and a businessman (Marco Zambrano) helping him to get a new identity to play in Ecuador..
This information comes days before a new audience on the case. FIFA's Appeals Commission will receive this Thursday, September 15, the new arguments to kick out Ecuador of Qatar 2022. Chile said before that Byron Castillo was born in Tumaco in 1995 and not in Ecuador in 1998 as it appeared in his passport.
This is not the first time that Byron Castillo is under the spotlight for a situation regarding his passport. In 2015, the player was involved in a possible transfer from CS Norte America to Emelec, both teams from Ecuador, but the deal went down due to 'irregularities' in his documents.