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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Pablo Matera standing in front of a crowd: Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool C - Argentina v U.S.


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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Pool C – Argentina v U.S.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Pablo Matera has been stripped of the Argentina captaincy and suspended along with team mates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino for posting racist comments on social media, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Tuesday.

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The scandal has thrown the Argentina camp into crisis days before their final Tri-Nations match against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

The UAR said its board had met urgently after revelations of the players’ “discriminatory” posts between 2011 and 2013.

“The Argentine Rugby Union strongly repudiates the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Los Pumas squad on social networks,” the UAR said in a statement.

“Although the messages were expressed between 2011 and 2013 … the Argentine Rugby Union condemns any expression of hatred and we consider it unacceptable that

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