The tension between Ecuador and Chili for him “Case Byron Castillo” keep going. This Tuesday the disciplinary committee of the FIFA decided to open a file regarding the complaint filed last week by the Chilean Federation about the alleged false Ecuadorian nationality of the player Byron Castillo (23 years old). His claim: fraudulent alignment to unduly seize the place for the next World Cup in Qatar achieved by the ‘Tri’. However, in the report, the highest body invited the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) to show a position on the matter.
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“As recently confirmed by FIFA, the Chilean Football Federation has filed a complaint with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, in which he presents various allegations about the possible falsification of the documents that grant Ecuadorian nationality to the player Byron David Castillo Seguraas well as the possible breach of said footballer of the call criteria to participate with the national team of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) in eight qualifying matches, corresponding to the preliminary phase of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022″starts the statement.
Those eight matches in question were against Argentina, Venezuela, bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay Y Chili. Against these last two teams he played both games. In these matches, Ecuador added 14 points that, according to the lawsuit filed, must be subtracted. If so, the ‘Roja’ would be the only beneficiary because the ‘Tricolor’ got a victory as a visitor and a draw at home; that is, he would receive five points. Paraguay does not have the same luck because it would only benefit from three units.
“Given the foregoing, FIFA has decided to open disciplinary proceedings in relation to the possible breach by Byron David Castillo Segura of the call criteria for the indicated matches. In this context, the FEF and the Peruvian Football Federation have been invited to present their positions before the FIFA Disciplinary Committee”, continued the document. The FPF is just mentioned there. Why? Two specialists answer us.
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Why is the FPF involved in the “Byron Castillo Case”?
According Johnny Baldovinowho is a judge on the FIFA Football Tribunal, “They involve Peru because what is at stake is sporting integrity, which is what FIFA proclaims at every moment”. That is, it seeks to preserve sports results before anything else.
This undoubtedly has to do with the position in the table. If Chile (7th, 19 pts. and -7 goals) receives all five points from the games against Ecuador, it would add 24 points and, in theory, would win both games 3-0, so it would have +1 in goal difference . With this he would equal Peru (5th, 24 pts. and -3), but due to the goal difference he would stay in fourth place and go straight to the World Cup..
Qatar 2022 Qualifying: Current Table
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“At first it seemed that it was a mistake, but no. I confirmed a while ago that the Peruvian Football Federation has been formally notified. What I think is that FIFA, to take care of its health, seeks that Peru only say that it does not affect it. One of the things that later generate nullity, and sometimes have affected, is that someone is legitimate, has not been invited to participate in the process or does not participate, “he says. Julio Garciaa lawyer who fought alongside Paolo Guerrero so that he can play in Russia 2018.
While, Trade He was able to learn that the Peruvian Football Federation does not plan to take any position that could affect the investigation. Both the board of directors and Ricardo Gareca’s technical command have been psyched up for a long time in the World Cup playoff that the Bicolor will play on June 14 against the winner of the United Arab Emirates and Australia. You don’t think about anything else but that.
Is it possible for Peru to qualify directly for the World Cup?
“In the worst case scenario, Peru will continue to be fifth”, Baldovino clarifies. And it is true. There is no way that Peru will be left out of the playoffs. However, there could be a remote possibility that the Bicolor will qualify directly for the World Cup. Although Garcia points out that it is “very little possible”.
“If they agree with Chile, they would have to go down to Ecuador. But it is not that Chile will automatically replace it. This is for sporting integrity because the championship is over, all the legal issues as well and the sporting results are already given. They can take points from Ecuador, yes, but it’s not like Chile will win both games 3-0. Peru, badly or well, added all its points on the field, so it has more sporting merit”.
Another scenario is that only the player is penalized. This as long as it is not shown that the Ecuadorian Football Federation committed a fault such as negligence (it was not severe to detect the alleged falsification) or intentionally hid everything to benefit.
“Here the big problem that Chile has is that the deadlines to challenge a match have already expired. According to the regulation, they are 24 hours”, says Julio Garcia. “It is possible that they declare inadmissible due to time, but the disciplinary commission always has the obligation to receive the complaint, process it, listen to the parties and decide”adds Baldovino.
“In the last 15 years, many cases of player identity fraud have been detected in Ecuador. It is a frequent occurrence. And there are also cases that these were sanctioned with fines. In Africa, for example, it happened a lot and it was never punished with deduction of points or elimination of teams or selections, but with economic fines”, concludes the lawyer Baldovino.