Former World Cup referee Byron Moreno faces 20-year prison sentence for drug smuggling - report

Arrested on suspicion on carrying six kilos of Heroin into the United States, the former Fifa whistler now faces a long-term stint behind bars
The man who shattered Italy dreams at the 2002 World Cup now faces a nightmare of his own, as former referee Byron Moreno could spend two decades in jail for drug trafficking.

Moreno, infamous for his exploits in the match between South Korea and Italy, will be sentenced by the Brooklyn Federal Court on September 23 and has been warned by judges he could face 20 years behind bars. reports the former Fifa man pleaded guilty to charges following his arrest in 2010 for trying to smuggle six kilograms of Heroin into the United States.

The Ecuadorian has been remanded in custody until sentencing next month.

Back in January it was alleged Moreno had tried to take his own life in prison, but that was later denied.

Moreno came to light in Japan and Korea when he was accused by members of the Italy team of conspiring to make them lose.

Korea were awarded a contentious penalty in the last-16 game, while Italy had a golden goal disallowed for a dubious offside and Francesco Totti was also sent off as the Azzurri crashed out amid controversy.