01 Dec 2020
One of Pablo Matera’s racist tweets relates to him leaving South Africa in 2012.
The Argentina flank has been suspended for Saturday's match against the Wallabies, along with lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino, after the emergence of racist and xenophobic tweets and texts from 2011 and 2012.
The Argentina Rugby Union said on Tuesday that Matera had also been stripped of the Pumas captaincy, just three weeks after leading them to a famous win against the All Blacks.
While Matera has since deleted the tweets, one involves South Africa, according to Argentinian newspaper La Nación.
The tweet read: ‘SUDAFRICA BABY! Por fin me voy de este país Ileno de negros. OUCH!’
This translates into: ‘South Africa baby! At last I’m leaving this country full of blacks. Ouch!’
Matera was part of the Pampas XV team that participated in the Vodacom Cup between 2010 and 2013, and was also involved in the Argentina U20 side that played in South Africa in 2012.
Another translation of a racist tweet from Matera in 2012 reads: ‘Nice morning to go out in the car to tread over blacks’, while he also made xenophobic comments about Bolivians and Paraguayans.
On Tuesday, Matera took to Instagram to say: 'I am very ashamed. Apologies to all those who were offended by the atrocities I wrote.'