The Ecuadorean, blamed by Italian fans for the Azzurri’s elimination from the 2002 World Cup, was caught on Monday at John F. Kennedy Airport with bags of heroin attached to his body, according to U.S. federal prosecutors. A judge jailed Moreno without bail on a drug smuggling charge.
Moreno ejected Francesco Totti for an alleged dive 13 minutes into overtime in the second round of the 2002 World Cup, and South Korea used the man advantage to score three minutes from the end and win 2-1. South Korea received a penalty kick in the game’s opening minutes, but it was saved.
“I saw even before going out onto the pitch against South Korea that it wasn’t going to go well with the referee,” Trapattoni said Wednesday. “Now maybe Trapattoni’s reign on Italy’s bench will be read under a different light.”
“The facts now are so serious that they speak for themselves,” Trapattoni added.
Trapattoni has had a string of bad luck with national teams. At the 2004 European Championship, the Azzurri became the first team eliminated from the group phase without losing a game in tournament history, thanks to a 2-2 tie between Denmark and Sweden _ the only possible formula that would have sent Italy home.
“Where is football going?” he said.
“I fear that drugs didn’t have much to do with what Moreno did in the 2002 Italy-South Korea game,” Carraro said. “His refereeing was atrocious, perhaps for inability, but more probably for other reasons.”
Ted Howard, the CONCACAF secretary general who serves on FIFA’s referees committee, said the committee likely would not look into the matter.
“It would be another body within FIFA,” he said. “We’re not really an investigative body.”
Nestor Benitez, spokesman for the South American governing body CONMEBOL, tried to distance the governing body from the referee,
Police in the coastal Ecuador city of Guayaquil said they were investigating how Moreno avoided security measures in the Guayaquil airport.View Entire Story
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