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Ecuador retain World Cup spot after Sports Court ruling

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Ecuador retained their World Cup spot but will be deducted three points in qualifying for the 2026 tournament due to a fake document used to obtain a passport for a player born in Colombia. , the highest court in sport said on Tuesday. .

The Court of Arbitration for Sport decision comes 12 days before Ecuador face Qatar in the World Cup opener and end hopes of Chile and Peru, who had each appealed to replace their South American rivals.

Chile and Peru had argued that Ecuador had used an ineligible player in eight qualifying games and should be kicked out of the World Cup. But CAS judges have ruled Ecuadorian defender Byron Castillo eligible, under FIFA rules, to take part in both the qualifying campaign and the World Cup in Qatar.

However, the judges also said that Castillo was born in Colombia and that false information about his date and place of birth was used to obtain an Ecuadorian passport.

CAS has fined the Ecuadorian football federation 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,000) and ordered a three-point deduction in the South American qualifying group for the 2026 World Cup.


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