Italy Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon: Byron Moreno Was On Drugs At World Cup 2002

Gianluigi Buffon takes a dig at Byron Moreno following his arrest over heroin possession.
Gianluigi Buffon has turned his nose up at arrested former referee Byron Moreno after he was allegedly caught in possession of six kilograms of heroin by New York police.

Buffon was in goal when Moreno caused shock and scandal at World Cup 2002 as Italy lost to co-hosts South Korea.

It was a long line of errors by the Ecuadorian ex-referee which led to one of the World Cup's biggest shocks in history as the Azzurri felt cheated by his whistle.

And Buffon has been the first to react to Moreno's arrest.

"Six kilos of drugs? I believe Moreno had this already in 2002, but not in his underwear, in his body," Buffon is quoted as saying on Eco Dello Sport.

"Apart from the jokes, when people in sport enter the world of drugs it means that we risk scraping the bottom of the barrel as sport loses its values."

Christian Panucci, who also played in that game, went in sword and fist as he slammed Moreno.

"He was a disaster then and he has proved it now," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"He was put in place to eliminate Italy. He is a bandit, he is not a serious person. Someone found to be in possession of drugs means he was not professional.

"Look at the images, he was too fat to referee. The game ended for us after an hour back then. We felt we might as well had gone home there and then."

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