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Latino Daily News

Wednesday September 22, 2010

World Cup Referee Byron Moreno and Sports Commentator Arrested for Heroin Smuggling

Canal Uno and former World Cup referee, Byron Moreno,  has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling heroin into the U.S.  Moreno is well known in Latin America for his sports commentary and is equally known for his World Cup referring.  In 2002 he gained famed for his controversial call expelling Italian Francisco Totti in the Italy vs. Korea game.  Moreno was widely blamed by Italy for their elimination from the 2002 World Cup.

Moreno was arrested yesterday at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York as he was returning from his native Ecuador.  As he was going through customs, officials allegedly found over 10 pounds of heroin in his underwear.  A judge jailed Moreno without offering him bail. 

Former members of the 2002 Italy World Cup team were quick to respond.  The former coach for the team, Giovanni Trapattoni,  quipped “Now maybe Trapattoni’s reign on Italy’s bench will be read under a different light.”  Goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon joked “I think Moreno already had the (heroin) in 2002, but not in his underwear, in his body.”  Ouch!