Two of the ten referees selected to officiate at the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa have been sent home from the event before it has even kicked off...
This decision was taken following a fitness test in Johannesburg last week to evaluate speed and endurance.
While the overall results were impressive, two of the 10 participating referees - all of whom feature in the list of candidates for the 2010 FIFA World Cup - suffered injuries which prevented them from completing the tests.
The two referees who were unable to complete the tests due to injury were Carlos Batres (Guatemala), who suffered a strain of the calf muscle in his right leg, and Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay), who suffered a tear of the hamstring muscle in his right leg.
The following trios will therefore not officiate at the Confederations Cup:
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala) and assistant referees, Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)/Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay) and assistant referees, Emigdio Ruiz (Paraguay)/Nicolás Yegros (Paraguay)