Ecuador retained its position The world Cup on Friday when FIFA legal ruling rejected a complaint by Chile about an allegedly unfit player.
FIFA said its disciplinary committee had closed the claim that Ecuador defender Byron Castillo, who had played in eight qualifying games, was ineligible.
The Chilean football federation claimed that there were documents proving that Castillo was in fact a Colombian.
Ecuador risked losing all eight games in a 3-0 loss and slipping to fourth place in the South American qualifying group, which ended in March. Chile would have reached fourth place in the standings.
FIFA said in a statement that “after analyzing the representations of all parties concerned and taking into account all the factors brought before it, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (Equador Football Federation) has decided to close the proceedings.”
Chile could challenge the ruling in FIFA’s appeals committee and possibly later in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The World Cup was drawn on April 1 for the tournament, which is being played in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.
Ecuador were drawn into the group along with hosts Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal.