Sport Rugby. Argentina players, including captain Matera, suspended for xenophobic comments

11:20  01 december  2020
11:20  01 december  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Three Pumas players were suspended as a precaution for writing racist and discriminatory comments on social networks between 2011 and 2013. Captain Pablo Matera is one of them.

Three players of the Argentine selection of rugby , including its captain Pablo Matera, were suspended as a precaution for "discriminatory and xenophobic remarks" published on social networks between 2011 and 2013, the federation announced on Monday evening Argentina (UAR).

The Federation’s Disciplinary Commission has been instructed to initiate proceedings against Guido Petti, Santiago Socino and Pablo Matera, from whom the captain’s armband has also been removed.

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This decision came two weeks after the first victory (25-15), historic, of the Pumas against the All Blacks .

"The Argentine Rugby Union strongly rejects discriminatory and xenophobic remarks posted by members of the Pumas team on social networks" , said the federation in a statement, after the recent update of dating tweets for the period 2011-2013.

In these tweets, Matera, who plays in the third row position at the French Stadium, spoke of "overthrowing blacks" with his car and denigrated the Bolivians and Paraguayans.

The federation has recognized that it must act, although these publications are old and do not "reflect the personal integrity that the three have shown in the colors of the Pumas" .

" The Argentine Rugby Union condemns all hate speech and considers it unacceptable that those who have been able to hold it represent our country" , the statement read.

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After Argentina won the last start at Bankwest Stadium a fortnight ago, the first time the Pumas had defeated the All Blacks, New Zealand were staring down the possibility of three straight losses for the first time since 1998. Following the national anthem, which the Pumas and their fans belted out, the

The Argentine Rugby Union (Spanish: Unión Argentina de Rugby , abbreviated "UAR") is the governing body for rugby union in Argentina . It is a member of World Rugby , with a seat on that body's Executive Council.

Loss of armband to come

In a statement, Matera said he was "deeply ashamed" .

"I'm sorry to all the people who have been offended by the horrors I wrote," , he said on Instagram.

"At that time, I never imagined who I would become" , added the 27-year-old. “Today I must take responsibility for what I wrote nine years ago. "

" I also want to apologize to my team and my family for what they have gone through as a result of my actions. "

The Argentine federation has asked the Pumas management team to suggest names to take over the captain's armband.

The Pumas, who brought down the All Blacks for the first time in their history on November 14, were swept away on Saturday (38-0) by New Zealand.

They face Australia this weekend.

Guido Petti evolves for his part in the second row position at Bordeaux-Bègles while Santiago Socino is hooker in the Argentinian franchise of the Jaguares.

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