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The former referee Byron Moreno is receiving counselling in prison, but did not attempt suicide.

Byron Moreno has reportedly denied trying to commit suicide, although he is receiving counselling in prison.

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The former referee from Ecuador, infamous for his World Cup 2002 exploits in the match between South Korea and Italy, was arrested at John F. Kennedy airport, New York, for allegedly being in possession of six kilograms of heroin on September 21.

An Ecuadorian diplomat to New York, Jorge Lopez, reportedly visited the detained Moreno and explained to the press on public tevelevision he is receiving psychological care and that he is 'mentally very sad and embarrassed by what has happened.'

He concluded by clarifying that Moreno did not attempt suicide, something that had been reported in some sections of the press after his arrest.


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