High profile rugby stars begin to call out Pablo Matera for controversial social media messages
By Rugby Onslaught

High profile rugby stars begin to call out Pablo Matera for controversial social media messages

It’s been a rollercoaster few week for Argentinian skipper, Pablo Matera.

After the ecstatic high of being the first captain to lead his country to victory against the All Blacks to several viral moments on social media that shot him to international fame.

This was all followed by a spectacular fall from grace after tweets from eleven years ago revealed xenophobic messages, leading to Matera being stripped of the captaincy of Argentina.

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Now, after a hearing, he has been reinstated as skipper of Los Pumas, and it sure has got some fans and players alike in a bit of a spin.

In recent hour, high profile players from around the game have begun to openly call out the loose forward – stating that an apology isn’t enough for the tweets that were sent over a decade ago.

Former England and Lions winger Ugo Monye, spoke to Radio 5 Live Sport today and spoke of how he felt rugby had a problem with dealing with racism. He said that the handling of the situation from UAR (Argentina Rugby Union) was woeful and that they were choosing to protect one player over millions of people.

The Dragons winger, Ashton Hewitt, has been an outspoken advocate for the black lives matter movement this year and has been one of the loudest voices against Matera in recent days. This is what he said to say when the news broke that he would be regaining the Argentinian captaincy.

He went on to say that, for him, sorry was enough and that the 27-year-old would have to prove that he had changed if he was to truly be accepted back into the international rugby community.

Hewitt wasn’t the only person who wasn’t happy about the decision with fans across social media disagreeing with he decision from the Argentina Rugby Union.

There were also those on social media who were happy at the decision from Argentina Rugby Union and who thought that it was the best thing for the game.