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FIFA makes decision on whether to have Ecuador thrown OUT of the World Cup

FIFA’s appeals committee have rejected a bid to have Ecuador thrown out of the – though Chile have vowed to appeal the decision.

Football’s governing body dismissed Chile’s argument that Byron Castillo is actually Colombian and ineligible to play in Ecuador’s World Cup qualifying games.

However, Friday’s decision means Ecuador are still going to play at the World Cup in later this year. However, rivals Chile – who had hoped to take their place – have insisted they will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A statement from the general secretary of the Chilean Football Federation, Jorge Yunge, described the decision as a ‘dark day for football’.

FIFA’s statement concluded that Castillo is considered to hold permanent Ecuadorian nationality and they confirmed they have closed the proceedings.

The verdict, which upholds a FIFA disciplinary ruling from June, keeps Ecuador on track to play Qatar in the opening game of the World Cup in Doha on 20 November. The Netherlands and are also in Group A.

FIFA’s statement on Friday afternoon read: ‘Having analysed the submissions of all parties and after a hearing had been conducted, the Appeal Committee confirmed the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to close the proceedings initiated against the FEF (Ecuador Football Association).

‘Amongst other considerations, it deemed that on the basis of the documents presented, the player was to be considered as holding permanent Ecuadorian nationality in accordance with art. 5 par. 1 of the FIFA Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes.

Yunge though said Chile would appeal to the CAS as the ‘weight of evidence is clear’.

He said: ‘This is a dark day for football and for the credibility of the system. The footballing world heard a player who helped Ecuador qualify for the FIFA World Cup admit he was born in Colombia and that he gained an Ecuadorian passport using false information.

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