The fall of Pablo Matera - Internet crucifies former Argentinian captain after he is stripped of captaincy
By Rugby Onslaught

The fall of Pablo Matera – Internet crucifies former Argentinian captain after he is stripped of captaincy

Former Argentinian captain Pablo Matera has suffered a calamitous fall from grace, just weeks after being one of the most revered rugby players on the planet.

The 27-year-old was stripped of the captaincy for Argentina yesterday after historic tweets were found on his social media accounts which were racist and xenophobic.

Rugby Onslaught was the first rugby media outlet to publish the story late last night when the social media posts came to light.

Argentina made a statement early this morning, condemning the players who had racist messages on their social media uncovered.

The statement translates as this.

Although the messages were expressed between 2011 and 2013 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.

Guido Petti and Santiago Socino were also stood down from the team after other comments were found on their social media platforms showing historic racism. A sorry state of affairs for the Argentinian captain.

Matera’s stock has fallen incredibly dramatically overnight as his former admirers turn on him for what he did 8 years ago.

The 24 hour period sums up a disastrous 24 hours for Argentina who were initially called out for not honouring Diego Maradona with a proper tribute to the footballer.