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Chile Claims Ecuador Had Ineligible Player in World Cup Qualifying

The Chilean soccer federation has called upon FIFA to investigate Ecuador after claiming that Ecuador fielded an ineligible player during World Cup qualifying. 

Chile said that it has sent documentation to the FIFA disciplinary committee showing that Ecuador winger Byron Castillo used “a false birth certificate, false statement of age and false nationality,” was instead born in Colombia and is older than what his Ecuadorian document lists. 

“All this, obviously, was fully known by the (Ecuadorean Federation],” the Chilean federation released in a statement. “The world of soccer cannot close its eyes to this much proof. The practice of serious and deliberate irregularities in the registration of players cannot be accepted, especially when we are talking about a world competition. There must be fair play on and off the field.”




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