A World Cup legal dispute flared on Thursday with Chile challenging Ecuador’s place at the finals tournament over an alleged ineligible player. The Chilean football federation asked FIFA to investigate its claim that Ecuador player Byron Castillo is actually Colombian and not entitled to have played in qualifying games. The complaint comes more than one month after South American qualifying ended and Ecuador were drawn into a group with host nation Qatar, Holland and Senegal.
FIFA gave no timetable for a possible disciplinary case ahead of the World Cup kicking off Nov. 21. Ecuador finished fourth in the 10-nation South American qualifying group to advance directly to Qatar. Fifth-place Peru has a play-off game next month against Australia or the United Arab Emirates. (more…)