27 Aug 2009

Football referee arrested on marijuana smoking warrant

7:02 am on 27 August 2009

A Peruvian football referee who was to officiate at a match in Chile was arrested upon arrival, on an outstanding warrant relating to a 1997 marijuana case.

Chilean police took Georges Buckley into custody at Santiago airport but was later released and ordered not to leave the country the judge had issued a ruling.

Buckley was arrested in 1997 for smoking marijuana in public as he was preparing to enter a concert, but ignored an order to appear in court and headed home to Peru.