One of Pablo Matera’s racist tweets allegedly relates to him expressing relief about leaving a ‘country full of blacks’ back in 2012.
In shocking news about the Los Pumas captain, Matera, as well as two other senior players, lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino are to be suspended for racist and xenophobic tweets and texts between 2011 and 2013.
Matera has taken the tweets down, but according to leading Argentina newspaper La Nación, one relates to a previous tour of South Africa.
According to the newspaper, 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!’
This could be related to when Matera was part of the Pampas XV squad that participated in the Vodacom Cup between 2010 and 2013, while he was also involved in the Argentina U20 side that played in South Africa in 2012.
Another translation of a racist tweet from 2012 is believed to have read: ‘Nice morning to go out in the car to tread over blacks’, while he made xenophobic comments about Bolivians and Paraguayans.
Matera did publish an apology on his Instagram account.