A huge controversy arose in Ecuador after some alleged evidence that the nationality of soccer player Byron Castillo would be Colombian and not Ecuadorian, as it appeared on their identity documents. The Barcelona SC player was part of the qualifying tournament at World Cup Qatar 2022 and played several games.
According to what was reported by the journalist Sebastián Bejarano, the right back was born in Colombia, in Tumaco, Nariño. In the event that this is confirmed, various teams would try to get measures taken, including a subtraction of points, which would alter the standings to the benefit of some countries and to the detriment of others.
How would the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers table look if the Byron Castillo case is confirmed?
As can be seen in the table, the qualifiers would be Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and, surprisingly, Chile would enter directly. As for the playoff, the peruvian national team, with 24 points, one more than Colombia, which would still be out, just like Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela.
The variation of points would occur in the selections with which Castillo faced. As seen in the table, the greatest beneficiary is the Red, which would add five, after drawing and losing to Ecuador. Paraguay would take three, due to the defeat against the Tri, in the same way as Bolivia and Venezuela. On the other hand, Argentina would increase two due to the tie on the last date.
Case Byron Castillo
The controversy had already been speculated since 2017 about a probable change in the footballer’s nationality, so he was not summoned, to avoid problems; however, the Ecuadorian Federation began an investigation in which it determined that the soccer player was Ecuadorian. Although after a long process trial, it seems that the situation is reversed.
Closed topic: Byron is Ecuadorian and everything has been a confusion
The journalist Diego Arcos, in statements to Blu radio from Colombia, assured that Byron Castillo was born in Ecuador. The northern communicator explained that the confusion occurred because the deceased brother of the side of the Ecuadorian team and who had the same name (but with a different spelling), if he was born on Colombian soil.