Chile believed they could book a last-minute flight to Qatar, but it didn't work out.
After a complaint by Chile about "possible falsification of documents granting Ecuadorian citizenship" to Byron Castillo, the Fifa Disciplinary Committee was taken into custody. Chile was seventh in qualifying for amsud. It hoped Ecuador, fourth and qualified, would be sanctioned so that it could host the World Cup in Qatar.
Fifa announced Friday that the Disciplinary Committee had closed the Ecuadorian Football Federation's (FEF) investigation after reviewing all files and considering all elements.
Chile appealed immediately the decision of the Disciplinary Committee as allowed by the procedure.
The governing body for world football rejected Chile's appeal and confirmed Ecuador's qualification to the World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18, 2017).
According to the Chilean Football Federation, there were "numerous evidence" that the player was born in Colombia in Tumaco on July 25, 1995. This is in contrast to the Ecuadorian city Playas on November 10, 1998. These accusations were rejected by the Ecuadorian Football Federation, which stated that Byron Castillo had been "duly registered with a competent legal authority" as well as having "all national documents in order".
Barcelona Guayaquil's right-back, an Ecuadorian team, participated in the two qualifying matches against Chile in September and November 2021. The match could have been awarded to the Chileans as winners and the team would have qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.