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2002 WC Korea v Italy ref busted for drugs

Postby nzfooty » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:24 am

World Cup ref busted for drugs

more ammunition for those who thought the match was fixed?

A former referee involved in Italy's controversial elimination from the 2002 World Cup has been charged in New York City with smuggling heroin.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday say Byron Moreno of Ecuador was caught at Kennedy airport with bags of the drug taped to his body.

Moreno enraged Italian fans in 2002 when he sent off Francesco Totti, giving the Italian a second yellow card for an alleged dive in the penalty area 13 minutes into extra time of a 2-1 loss to South Korea in the World Cup's second round. Moreno resigned as a referee in 2003.

A judge jailed Moreno without bail at a hearing on Monday. There was no immediate response to a message left with his attorney.

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Re: 2002 WC Korea v Italy ref busted for drugs

Postby mr methane » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:47 pm

nzfooty wrote:
more ammunition for those who thought the match was fixed?



It shouldn't be because what the hell has what any ref does that's totally unconnected to football got to do with what happened in a game he reffed?

He's been in trouble for stuff back in Ecuador actually connected with football, I believe. But even that doesn't prove anything at all other than him perhaps being, or having at least once been, a vaguely dodgy character.

The most compelling evidence that the game was NOT fixed was what happened in the game itself. Because BOTH sides benefitted from questionable decisions and probably the losing team slightly more. Some of the stuff he gave (and didn't give) in that match could be used to make a case that he wasn't the most competent ref a world cup game has ever seen (and I've seen plenty worse), but not that he was favouring one side over the other.

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Re: 2002 WC Korea v Italy ref busted for drugs

Postby Holyjoe » Sun May 01, 2011 9:47 pm

Controversial ex-World Cup referee set for sentencing over heroin smuggling
April 29, 2011

The referee involved in Italy's contentious elimination from the 2002 World Cup will be sentenced next month in his New York drug smuggling case.

Federal prosecutors have said that Byron Moreno faces up to 20 years in prison. His sentencing is set for May 20 in Brooklyn.

Moreno was arrested last year at Kennedy Airport after arriving on a commercial flight from his native Ecuador.

Authorities say they discovered bags of heroin attached to his body during a routine search. He pleaded guilty in January.

Moreno became a hated figure in Italy due to several decisions in the second-round loss to South Korea at the 2002 World Cup.

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Re: 2002 WC Korea v Italy ref busted for drugs

Postby Holyjoe » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:48 pm

Controversial referee Byron Moreno jailed for heroin smuggling
Friday 23 September 2011

The Ecuadorean referee who was involved in Italy's controversial elimination from the 2002 World Cup was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on heroin-smuggling charges, court documents showed on Friday.

Byron Moreno, who was arrested last year at New York's John F Kennedy airport after arriving on a commercial flight from Ecuador with bags of heroin attached to his body, was sentenced in a US district court in New York. He faced a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Moreno became the centre of controversy following his performance in Italy's World Cup match against South Korea when he sent off the striker Francesco Totti and disallowed an Italian goal before the Asian hosts won 2-1.

Moreno, 41, returned to Ecuador after the World Cup but quit in 2003 after two suspensions from the domestic league, including a 20-game ban for adding on 12 minutes of stoppage time in a game.


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