Will Ecuador still be excluded from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? It no longer seems unthinkable. The reason: The South Americans used a player whose identity is unclear eight times in qualifying for the tournament in the desert.
Claims circulated as early as May that Ecuador international Byron David Castillo Segura was, in fact, Bayron Javier Castillo Segura, was born in Colombia and was two and a half years older than previously thought.
Chile then demanded that Ecuador be banned from the World Cup for fielding an ineligible player. The Chileans felt entitled to take part in the tournament in the desert instead. FIFA dismissed the protests a few weeks later, but new evidence has apparently emerged.
The English Newspaper Daily Mail there are allegedly audio recordings and documents that all confirm the allegations. In an interview conducted in 2018, Castillo is said to clearly admit that his real name is Bayron Javier Castillo Segura and that he was born in 1995. In addition, the player apparently tells how he left Colombia to start a footballing career in Ecuador.
A businessman from Ecuador is said to have helped him to create a new identity. The hammer here: The Audi recordings are said to come from a survey by the Ecuadorian association. That would mean that Ecuador would have deliberately concealed the false identity of their player.
Of the Daily Mail There should also be two birth certificates that support the allegations. The evidence was presented to FIFA in June. So far, however, the world association has not wanted to comment on the strange occurrences.
It remains to be seen whether Ecuador will actually be excluded from the tournament. In Qatar, however, the team would face Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal in Group A.