Byron Castillo left out of Ecuador’s World Cup squad despite the Colombian-born defender being cleared to play in Qatar after claims he was ineligible were thrown out by CAS

  • Ecuador have left Byron Castillo out of their 26-man squad for the World Cup 
  • CAS decided this month that Ecuador could play at the World Cup in Qatar 
  • They dismissed a claim that Castillo had been ineligible to play in the qualifiers

Ecuador have left defender Byron Castillo out of their 26-man squad for the World Cup despite the player being deemed an Ecuadorean national by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS decided earlier this month that Ecuador could play at the World Cup in Qatar after dismissing a claim by Chile that Castillo had been ineligible to play during the qualifiers.

But coach Gustavo Alfaro has decided not to call up Castillo after Ecuador got a three-point deduction for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (£90,000) for the ‘use of a document containing false information’.

Ecuador have left defender Byron Castillo out of their 26-man squad for the World Cup

Ecuador have left defender Byron Castillo out of their 26-man squad for the World Cup 

In September, FIFA had dismissed Chile’s appeal following their original complaint that Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia in 1995 and not in the Ecuadorean city of General Villamil Playas in 1998, as stated on his official documents.

However, CAS said the Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) had violated Article 21 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for the use of a document containing false information.

Ecuador have always denied that the player was ineligible. The FEF said they used the correct eligibility criteria to select Castillo and that they were analysing the next steps as they did not agree with the sanction imposed.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS decided that Ecuador could play at the World Cup

The Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS decided that Ecuador could play at the World Cup

Alfaro has opted to select the key players from the qualifying games like goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, midfielder Carlos Gruezo plus forwards Enner Valencia and Kevin Rodriguez.

‘I’m here to give opportunities … I said the doors of the national team are open as I called players from 18 to 38 years old and all got their place,’ the manager had told a news conference on Saturday.

‘I know these players have a lot of commitment… Now I have to analyse if they seize those opportunities in order to provide what the team needs’ Alfaro added.

Ecuador’s Vice President Alfredo Borrero will be at the tournament’s opening match on Sunday when the country face hosts Qatar since President Guillermo Lasso will not be attending.

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