Chile appeals to FIFA over the rights of Ecuador and Byron Castillo

Chile appeals to FIFA over the rights of Ecuador and Byron Castillo

GENEVA (AP) — Chile filed an appeal challenging Ecuador’s World Cup eligibility with FIFA on Thursday over an alleged non-compliant player, and a verdict could be issued within 24 hours.

With just nine weeks left before the start of the 32-team World Cup due to start on November 20, Chile are looking to replace Ecuador in the first leg against host Qatar.

FIFA has previously said it has asked Ecuadorian player Byron Castillo, who Chilean officials allege is in fact a Colombian and should not have competed in World Cup qualifiers, to testify.

The appeal hearing was held remotely from Zurich, in the presence of only three judges.

The verdict is expected early next week, and possibly Friday, although it is unlikely to resolve the case.

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