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Matera reinstated as Argentina rugby captain

Xinhua
04 Dec 2020, 02:18 GMT+10

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Flanker Pablo Matera has been handed back the captaincy of Argentina's national rugby team, less than two days after being stripped of the title because of racist comments on social media.

The Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) also lifted a suspension imposed on Matera and his teammates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino for their "discriminatory and xenophobic" posts on Twitter made between 2011 and 2013.

"The preventive measures are unnecessary so we have resolved to lift the suspension of the three players and reinstate the captaincy to Pablo Matera," the UAR said in a statement.

"The disciplinary process continues and the commission will arrive at a final resolution in the next few days."

Despite the UAR's decision, Matera, Petti and Socino have been left out of Argentina's squad for Saturday's Test against Australia, Pumas head coach Mario Ledesma said.

"All I can say about these three fine players and great men is that they are great human beings," he said.

"They have been suffering a lot this week, their families have been suffering a lot this week, and it's really sad to see. Obviously they acknowledge what they did and they are really regretful and ashamed of what they did, and we all are."

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