Seneme failed the fitness test again

Brazilian referee Wilson Seneme (photo) was given a second chance after he failed the official fitness test held by FIFA in September, in Switzerland. CONMEBOL hosted the make-up fitness test on 13 December 2012 in Paraguay. Wilson Seneme (42) failed again, as did Leandro Vuaden (37), who was considered the second choice of Brazil. Sandro Ricci (38), who initially was the third candidate from Brazil, passed the fitness test and is now hoping to replace Seneme on the list of prospective referees for the 2014 World Cup. In order to have competition, FIFA invited a more experienced Brazilian referee, Heber Lopes (40), to run a fitness test next year in Argentina. Almost a similar situation in Uruguay, where Roberto Silvera (41) declined to re-take the fitness test, while the Uruguayan second choice, Dario Ubriaco (40) was not able to attend due to an injury. Martin Vazquez (43) is the only referee invited from Uruguay who passed the fitness test. Another South American referee who failed in September, Diego Abal (ARG, 41), repeated the fitness test last week and passed it this time, along with his countrymen Nestor Pitana (37) and Patricio Loustau (37). FIFA Referees Committee will make the final decision after Ricci, Lopes (BRA), Vazquez (URU), Abal, Pitana and Loustau (ARG) will run another fitness test in January 2013, at the CONMEBOL Elite Referees course in Argentina.