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Ecuador leave Castillo out after ‘unfair sanctions’

Ecuador leave Castillo out after ‘unfair sanctions’

The Ecuadoran football federation said Tuesday that defender Byron Castillo had been left out of the

nation's World Cup squad to avoid further "unfair sanctions" in a dispute over the player's nationality, reports AFP. Last week the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Castillo was eligible to play in Qatar but sanctioned the federation over the "falsification" of his passport. That cleared the way for the South American nation to take part in the World Cup after Chile and Peru had contested Ecuador's

qualification over the eligibility of Castillo. The Chilean football federation (FFCH) said there was

evidence that the player was born in Colombia in 1995 and not in Playas, Ecuador, in 1998. But rhe

federation said in a statement on Tuesday that Castillo would not be travelling to Qatar. "Faced with the risk of more unfair sanctions, the Ecuadoran Football Federation is obliged not to include the player

Byron Castillo Segura in the final list presented to FIFA," it said. Ecuador feature in the first match of the World Cup, against host nation Qatar, on Sunday.