Ex-soccer ref gets prison in NYC heroin case

The referee involved in Italy’s contentious elimination from the

2002 World Cup has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in his

New York drug-smuggling case.

Byron Moreno was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn. He 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.