After Pablo Matera, Guido Petti and Santiago Socino apologize through Instagram for the messages that went viral on their Twitter accounts between 2011 and 2012, the Argentina Rugby Union launched an official communiqué, through which it announced the measures to be taken in this regard.
In this way, the entity that regulates rugby at the national level decided to remove the captaincy of the team from Matera, and suspend both him and Petti and Socino, until their respective disciplinary situations are defined.
The statement read the following:
The Argentina Rugby Union Strongly repudiates the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Los Pumas campus on social media and meeting urgently, the Board of Directors resolves:
First, revoke the captaincy of Pablo Matera and request the staff to propose a new captain to the Board of Directors.
Second, to suspend Pablo Matera, Guido Petti and Santiago Socino from the national team until their disciplinary situation is defined.
Third, initiate a disciplinary process for the three mentioned players, in charge of the Disciplinary Commission of the Argentine Rugby Union.
Although the messages were expressed a few years ago and do not represent the integrity as people that the three showed during this time in Los Pumas, from the Argentine Rugby Union we condemn any expression of hatred and consider it unacceptable that those who express them represent our country .