September 25, 2022

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Byron Castillo skips Thursday’s hearing despite being summoned by FIFA after admitting to using a fake birth certificate and fake passport

Byron Castillo skips Thursday’s hearing despite being summoned by FIFA after admitting to using a fake birth certificate and fake passport

Byron Castillo of Ecuador did not attend a FIFA Appeal Committee hearing on his nationality after admitting to using a fake birth certificate and fake passport.

FIFA had ordered Castillo to make himself available for the hearing, which was conducted remotely by three Zurich judges after an audio recording of the Ecuadorian international revealing birth details matching his Colombian birth certificate emerged. was released earlier this week.

Castillo, however, was unwilling to submit to cross-examination by the judges, leaving Ecuadorian Football Federation officials to plead his case.

The Chilean Federation claim to have documents proving that Castillo was never eligible to represent Ecuador – a case apparently supported by his audio confession and that as a result they would have to forfeit the qualifying matches he played in, which who would send Chile to the World Cup.

FIFA has 20 days to deliver its verdict, but with the World Cup just nine weeks away, it is expected to announce its decision within days.

Chile could take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne if FIFA rules against them, but they are running out of time as Ecuador are scheduled to take part in the World Cup opener against Qatar on November 20.

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