The threat is becoming clearer for Ecuador, qualified for the World Cup in Qatar. The Tricolor could indeed be excluded very soon, which could have consequences for the French team.
Denmark, Tunisia and the winner of the play-off between Peru and Australia: these are the opponents France inherited in the draw for the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar. But the situation could change in the coming days. Consequence of the disciplinary procedure opened by Fifa concerning Byron Castillo, the Ecuadorian right-back, suspected of having Colombian nationality.
things are clear
According to Mexican television TV Azteca, the defender’s birth certificate attesting to his Ecuadorian nationality has indeed been falsified and Fifa is preparing to exclude Ecuador from the World Cup in Qatar. “Shis parents were married in Tumaco (Colombia), Byron was born in Tumaco and was baptized in Tumaco, thus assured the lawyer Eduardo Carleso, who defends the interests of Chile. Things are quite clear and transparent and we have all the arguments, all the documents to prove it.The documents would have been provided to Fifa which should quickly render its verdict. According to Marca, a decision will indeed be delivered on Friday (June 10). The Ecuadorian Federation would have defended itself before the international body.
Ecuador ‘to be kicked out of World Cup’ as lawyer claims player ‘faked birth certificate’https://t.co/IIjr1DYav8
— Express Sport (@DExpress_Sport) June 8, 2022
Chile instead of Ecuador?
On the other hand, things are less clear concerning the replacement of Ecuador if Fifa does indeed pronounce its exclusion. Seen from Chile, very active in this case, the international body should only give Ecuador a lost match during the meetings in which Byron Castillo participated. A scenario that would be worth Chile, who finished seventh in qualifying in the Amsud zone, to climb to fourth place, ahead of Peru, who would still be fifth. In which case, the Chileans would recover Ecuador’s place in Group A alongside Qatar and the Netherlands and Peru would still play in the play-offs.
Atención a lo que cuenta @AztecaDeportes 🚨
—Pablo Giralt (@giraltpablo) June 8, 2022
Peru directly qualified?
Conversely, Colombia, sixth in the qualifiers, hopes to see Ecuador purely and simply excluded from qualifying, which would be worth Peru climbing to fourth place and Colombia recovering the place of play-off. A shake-up that would lead to a new play-off match between Colombia and Australia, its winner to be affected in group D, alongside France, Denmark and Tunisia.