September 13, 2002

Byron Moreno: , the Ecuadoran referee who officiated at the South Korea v Italy debacle in the world cup has been banned for 20 games by The Ecuador F.A. It all looked a bit dodgy at the time and begs the question how do refs from tiny countries with no football tradition end up officiating at the most important tournament in the world, at worst they are corrupt, at best they are chuffin useless. It all takes a bit of gloss off for me. The most important question though, is how the hell did a chap from Ecuador end up with the name Byron?

posted by Fat Buddha to soccer at 02:08 PM - 3 comments

It's a tough call. You undermine refs by doing stuff like this, but it's obvious this guy is a nut. However the Italians weren't blameless in all of this, they rival Brazil in their acting abilities.

posted by elsoltano at 02:34 PM on September 13, 2002

"To show what they think of him, he has had a row of toilets named after him in Italy." Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Classic.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:43 PM on September 13, 2002

I read in this story that "The referee is running for city council in Quito, Ecuador's capital, and some have suggested he allowed overtime to gain favor from Liga de Quito fans. "

posted by msacheson at 03:30 PM on September 13, 2002

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