The Argentine rugby federation has decided to withdraw the suspension of Pablo Matera, Guido Petti and Santiago Socino after the discovery of racist and xenophobic tweets published by the three rugby players between 2011 and 2013.
UAR explained that the accused rugby players showed themselves deeply repent. Argentina will sider Australia in the Championships on Saturday, a tournament already won by the All Blacks Mario Ledesma said: "Matera remains the captain.
The players have lived through terrible days, they have been victims of uncontrolled hatred and for this reason we have decided not to consider them for the game. They are three great players and three great men who are deeply repent of their actions, which they would never repeat, as today they are deeply grown people.
Pablo is a great leader and an example."
What happened with the racist and xenophobic tweets
In recent days, the three players ended up in the eye of the storm for racist tweets written between 2011 and 2013. In his tweets, Matera targets blacks, especially South African, Paraguayan or Bolivian and pregnant women, while Petti takes it out on his maids and Socinus with the blacks.
Matera said: "I apologize for the offensive and barbaric terms used. In those years I had no idea who I would become and today I can only take responsibility for what I wrote 9 years ago." Petti added: "These tweets don't represent who I am today."
Leonardo Bigi, founder of the Pueblo Rugby Foundation in Cordoba, said: "At 18, I never thought of posting such things. I find it hard to believe how guys like me could have had this kind of mentality!" Only some weeks ago Matera was also protagonist with a moment with a refree.
The dialogue between Pablo Matera, captain of Argentina rugby team and the referee, during the Tri Nations match against New Zealand, will amaze all fans of rugby and not, once again showing all the principles of this incredible sport.
The little scuffle that arises between the players of Argentina and New Zealand, at the beginning of the last match valid for the Tri Nations 2020, is something we almost always see on the playing fields. After a few shoves, Matera is called back by the referee: "Pablo, you are the captain, what we need is your leadership towards the team, not that you push the opposing players, ok?" The player's response is exemplary: "Ok, but I can't tolerate seeing my teammate hit in the face.
I'm playing for my country, it's not respectful." "I understand that - the referee replies with respect - but let us take care of it, we don't need the captain's intervention, show me your leadership."