Days go by and the controversy over the Byron Castillo case does not stop. The Barcelona SC footballer is still in the eye of the hurricane after the Chilean Football Federation (ANFP) filed an appeal with Fifa, for his alleged improper alignment in eight games of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
“There are innumerable proofs that the player was born in Colombia, in the city of Tumaco, on July 25, 1995, and not on November 10, 1998, in the Ecuadorian city of General Villamil Playa. The investigations carried out in Ecuador, including a legal report from the National Civil Registry Office, the highest authority on the matter in this country, declared the existence of inconsistencies in the birth certificate presented by the player, and reported that this document did not existed in its internal files, pointing out other weaknesses in the document, to conclude that it was possibly fraudulent”, argued Chile in its appeal filed with Fifa in early May.
The entity that governs professional football worldwide decided, as reported in its only statement so far related to the lawsuit, “open disciplinary proceedings in relation to the possible breach by Byron David Castillo Segura of the call criteria for the indicated matches”.
In past days, The image that has best portrayed the difficulty of this process shows Byron Castillo breaking down in tears in the middle of a match with his club.
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💔Byron Castillo, couldn’t take it anymore and broke on the court!
If you’re going to issue a comment, make sure you have proof.
If you’re going to spit poison or hate, make sure they at least did something to you.
If you are going to envy, you are also capable and WORK ON YOU.
SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST URG! pic.twitter.com/wnF6btg3DR
— Brown Swan • Sports✿🏁 (@CisPardo) May 23, 2022
After the video of Castillo’s hard moment became popular, the president of the Chilean Federation, Pablo Milad defiantly told the newspaper ‘La Tercera’ that “Byron Castillo must be under very strong pressure, not just the media. The environment, the situation itself. You have to get the noise out of your mind by telling the truth, to get rid of the load you carry inside”.
Furthermore, as stated, “before the first fortnight of June we will have news”referring to Fifa’s decision in the face of his lawsuit.
While waiting for the determination, some radio media in the country have even suggested that Colombia could be affected, for better or worse, by the decision in the Castillo case. But, What happens to Colombia if Ecuador is left out of the World Cup in Qatar?
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This would be the scenario
Byron Castillo played in eight games of the Qatar 2022 qualifier. Of these, Ecuador won four: 1-0 against Paraguay, 3-0 against Bolivia, 1-0 against Venezuela and 0-2 against Chile. He tied two others: 0-0 with Chile and 1-1 with Argentina. And they lost two: 1-0 with Uruguay and 3-1 with Paraguay.
If Fifa decides to give up the matches, the tie table would have a drastic change. Ecuador would fall to last place, with only 12 points. And the team that would enter the direct qualification zone for the World Cup is Chile, which would be fourth with 24 points. Peru would remain in the playoffs, with 24, but with a worse goal difference.
In the event that Fifa decides to ‘remove those points’, Colombia would not have any change in the standings. Castillo did not play in either of the two games, neither in the 6-1 in Quito, which cost Carlos Queiroz his job, nor in the 0-0 in Barranquilla, when Reinaldo Rueda was on the Colombian bench.
In this sense, contrary to what has been said on the radio, there would be no chance for the tricolor team, which will have its first friendly on June 5 after being eliminated from the World Cup.