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Former World Cup referee arrested

world Updated: Sep 22, 2010 09:55 IST
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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.