Argentina rugby captain Pablo Matera, two other players reinstated following ‘discriminatory and xenophobic’ social media posts

Two days after being disciplined, Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s rugby captain and, along with teammates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino, had his suspension from the squad lifted following an investigation into “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts dating from between 2011 and 2013.



Pablo Matera in a blue shirt: Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina's captain.


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Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s captain.

The trio were suspended on Tuesday for the derogatory posts that included remarks directed at Bolivian and Paraguayan domestic staff, women, Black people and insults about religion.

However, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) announced on Thursday that the players’ apologies and good behavior in the intervening years meant these punishments were now “unnecessary.”

“During the statement, the three players expressed their deep regret, reiterated the apology, ratified that it is not what they think and that it was a reckless act typical of immaturity,” the UAR said in a statement.

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Argentina rugby captain Pablo Matera, two other players suspended for xenophobic social media posts

Pablo Matera has been stripped of his role as Argentina’s rugby captain and suspended alongside teammates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino for “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts dating from between 2011 and 2013, the Argentine Rugby Union (ARU) announced on Monday.



Pablo Matera in a blue shirt: Matera has been stripped of his role as captain of Argentina's rugby team.


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Matera has been stripped of his role as captain of Argentina’s rugby team.

All three players have featured in the ongoing Tri Nations tournament against New Zealand and Australia, with Matera instrumental in the Pumas’ first ever victory over New Zealand last month.

The decision means the trio will miss Saturday’s Test match against Australia.

“The Argentine Rugby Union strongly repudiates the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Pumas squad on social media,” said a statement from the governing body.

It added: “Although the messages were expressed between 2011 and 2013 and do not represent the integrity as people

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Argentina strip Pablo Matera of captaincy after alleged xenophobic social media posts | Argentina rugby union team

Argentina have stripped Pablo Matera of the captaincy and stood him down from Saturday’s final Tri Nations clash with the Wallabies as they investigate allegedly “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts.

Just weeks after becoming a national hero as he inspired the Pumas to their first win over the All Blacks, Matera is under fire for tweets he allegedly made between 2011 and 2013 relating to Bolivian and Paraguayan domestic staff and black people.

The Argentina Rugby Union issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the comments and announcing the sacking of Matera. It also said veteran lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino had been stood down before the weekend’s game in Sydney, but did not elaborate on why.

“The Argentine Rugby Union strongly repudiates the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Los Pumas team on social media and meeting as an emergency, the board of directors

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