A Peruvian referee who was to work a Copa Sudamericana soccer match in Chile was arrested upon arriving in the country on Tuesday on an outstanding warrant tied to a 1997 marijuana case.
Chilean police took Georges Buckley into custody at the airport in the capital Santiago. He was later released after appearing in court and ordered not to leave Chile until the presiding judge had issued a ruling.
Buckley was arrested in 1997 for smoking marijuana in public as he was preparing to enter a concert, the communications office for Chile's judiciary said.
A student at the time, Buckley ignored an order to appear in court and returned home to Peru, it said.
Buckley was scheduled to referee the match between Chile's Union Espanola and Colombia's La Equidad on Tuesday night. The South American Football Confederation said on its website that Peruvian referee Victor Hugo Carrillo would replace Buckley.