But Chile and Peru, the top candidates to replace Ecuador in the tournament should they be booted out, claimed that Castillo was actually born in Colombia, and therefore should not have been allowed to play in the qualifiers as a result.

Ecuador World Cup ineligible player

‘Evidence’ of cover up emerged day before appeal

The plot thickened only days before the start of the inquiry into his case when the Daily Mail reported evidence of a shocking admission from the player which had subsequently been covered up by the Ecuador Football Federation [FEF].