Bio
Byron Moreno
Born: 1969-11-23
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Country: Ecuador
Speaks: Spanish
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Byron Moreno was 34 when he took part in the 2002 World Cup. But what looked like a very promising career ended prematurely and in a mess.

what happened

Byron Aldemar Moreno Ruales officiated two matches at the 2002 World Cup finals. The last one, Korea vs Italy in the first knock-out round, ended in controversy. Moreno sent off Italian striker Francisco Totti and disallowed an Italian goal. Korea won 2-1 with a (then) golden goal.

The Italians were outraged, they accused him of being bought, others said he was told by FIFA to let Korea win. A loss would have meant both host countries would have to leave the tournament prematurely.

Many protests followed and some Italians even threatened to sue him. Moreno defended himself, said Totti dived and deserved the second yellow.

then

In Ecuador they stood by their referee. Moreno was given a standing ovation when he took charge of his first domestic fixture after the tournament.

But the honeymoon didn't last long. In September 2002 Moreno was suspended for 20 matches and placed under investigation by the Ecuador football authorities after his handling of a first division match Liga de Quito - Barcelona de Guayaquil.

Near the end of the 13 minutes (!) of injury time, hosts Liga de Quito managed to score two goals winning 4-3. As it happens, at that time Moreno was running for a place in the Quito city council and the Barcelona president claimed that it was unethical for Moreno to continue refereeing during the run-up to the poll. Quito voters would be his voters.

But there were more reasons for his suspension:

The refereeing commission were unhappy with Moreno's match report in which he allegedly gave false information.

Moreno awarded two disputed penalties, sent off two players and caused confusion by first awarding a goal and then disallowing it.

He signaled six minutes of injury time but had them play 13.

'He's gone from hero to villain in three months,' wrote El Comercio an Ecuasor newspaper, which went on to demanded foreign referees for major matches.

Moreno also lost his FIFA badge.

I prefer to die

May 2003, on his 3rd match after the ban, Moreno was suspended again.
He dismissed three Deportivo Quito players in an away match against Deportivo Cuenca.

A month later he resigned, at the age of 36. He retired because of what he thought were unreasonably low marks for his performances. With bad marks he would never get his FIFA badge back.

He is quoted saying: "I prefer to die standing up than to live kneeling down."



(one of the many sources: wikipedia)

the final

September 2010 Byron Moreno was caught trying to smuggle 6 kilos of heroin into the US.

FIFA career

From 1996 until 2002.

Did you know
A MESS

  • After their country's loss in the 2002 World Cup, Italians in the Sicily's Santa Teresa Riva resort named a block of toilets after Byron Moreno.
  • Elbows in the face, straight legged tackles, the Koreans seemed to get away with it all, very probably the Italians have a case with their accusations.
  • Byron Moreno even appeared in an Italian satellite TV program called Stupido Hotel where he "danced with aging show girls" (John Foot: Winning at all costs).
  • In September 2002, as Moreno was running in the elections for a place on the Quito city council, he was suspended for twenty matches and investigated by Ecuadorian soccer authorities as well as by FIFA.
  • In the 1997 Copa America quarter final Peru-Argentina, Moreno sent off 3 Argentina players with a direct red. His performance in that cup must have set some kind of record, because he showed 6 red cards in 3 matches.
Statistics
Statistics for BYRON MORENO
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 8 0 8
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 54 65 119
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 11 19 30
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.15 0 0.08
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.04 1.25 1.14
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.21 0.37 0.29

Based on 52 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR BYRON MORENO
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 2002
round of 16Korea RepublicItaly2002-06-182 - 1 9 (4-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUSAPortugal2002-06-053 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2002
group stageCiencianoOriente Petrolero2002-04-092 - 0 7 (3-4)3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBolívarAtletico Paranaense2002-03-125 - 5 11 (4-7)2 (0-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSporting CristalNacional (UR)2002-02-063 - 4 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Merconorte 2001
group stageNY/NJ MetroStarsMillonarios2001-10-310 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAmérica de CaliNecaxa2001-10-161 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAtlético NacionalUniversitario2001-08-093 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Mercosur 2001
group stageUniversidad CatólicaBoca Juniors2001-09-192 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUniversidad de ChilePalmeiras2001-07-252 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2001
group stageCameroonCanada2001-06-042 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2001
group stageAmérica de CaliPeñarol2001-03-062 - 1 7 (5-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUniversitarioVélez Sarsfield2001-02-060 - 2 4 (3-1)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Merconorte 2000
group stageMillonariosUniversitario2000-09-271 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAlianza LimaAlajuelense LD2000-09-131 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAtlético NacionalAlajuelense LD2000-08-302 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGuadalajaraAmérica de Cali2000-07-111 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2000
group stageAtlasAtlético Nacional2000-03-225 - 1 4 (0-4)3 (0-3)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAtlético NacionalUniversidad de Chile2000-03-164 - 1 8 (3-5)3 (1-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageThe StrongestJuventude-RS2000-03-085 - 1 6 (1-5)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesDeportivo TachiraAmérica2000-01-051 - 0 6 (4-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - S. America
PeruVenezuela2000-08-161 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ArgentinaChile2000-02-294 - 1 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u23 2000
final stageUruguay OTArgentina OT2000-02-040 - 3 3 (3-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageParaguay OTPeru OT2000-01-223 - 4 7 (3-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentina OTParaguay OT2000-01-183 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1999 u17
1/2 finalsUSA u17Australia u171999-11-242 - 2 4 (2-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSpain u17Mexico u171999-11-160 - 1 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMali u17Germany u171999-11-120 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Merconorte 1999
group stageMillonariosAlianza Lima1999-08-250 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa America 1999
1/2 finalsMexicoBrazil1999-07-140 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageJapanBolivia1999-07-051 - 1 5 (3-2)2 (1-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st stagePeruJapan1999-06-293 - 2 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1999
group stageDeportivo CaliRiver Plate1999-03-041 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Merconorte 1998
group stageAlianza LimaThe Strongest1998-11-124 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageEl NacionalDeportivo Cali1998-11-111 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSporting CristalAmérica de Cali1998-09-232 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Mercosur 1998
group stageUniversidad de ChilePalmeiras1998-09-021 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1998
group stageVasco da GamaAmérica1998-04-091 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAlianza LimaRiver Plate1998-03-121 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
ColombiaYugolsavia1998-03-250 - 0 1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Super Cup "João Havelange" 1997
1/2 finalsColo-ColoSao Paulo1997-11-270 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAtlético NacionalPeñarol1997-10-221 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa America 1997
1/4 finalsArgentinaPeru1997-06-212 - 1 4 (0-4)3 (3-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st stagePeruVenezuela1997-06-182 - 0 4 (2-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageBoliviaVenezuela1997-06-121 - 0 4 (1-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1997
final (1st leg)Sporting CristalCruzeiro1997-08-060 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/8 finalsBolívarMinerven1997-05-077 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMinervenColo-Colo1997-03-271 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u17 1997
final stageBrazil u17Chile u171997-03-135 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageChile u17Colombia u171997-03-091 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazil u17Bolivia u171997-03-034 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)