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.