Former World Cup referee arrested in NYC

A former soccer referee involved in a World Cup controversy has

been charged in New York City with smuggling heroin.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Byron Moreno of Ecuador

was caught at Kennedy airport with bags of the drug taped to his


Moreno enraged Italian fans in 2002 when he ejected an Italian

player in an overtime loss to South Korea in a World Cup match. He

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.