Chile loses FIFA appeal in World Cup case with Ecuador

GENEVA (AFP) – Chile has lost its appeal to replace Ecuador in the Qatar World Cup, but a ruling by FIFA on Friday is likely to lead the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA rejected Chile’s argument that Ecuadorean player Byron Castillo was indeed Colombian and ineligible to play in the World Cup qualifiers. Castillo played in eight of them with Ecuador.

FIFA said the appeals judges “considered, on the basis of the documents submitted, that the player would be considered to have permanent Ecuadorean citizenship in accordance with” football legal laws.

The referee, upholding a disciplinary ruling issued by FIFA in June, keeps Ecuador on track to face Qatar in the World Cup opening match in Doha on November 20. The Netherlands and Senegal are also in Group A.

However, the legal challenge can continue in Chile.