LNR ban Pablo Matera over technicality
The LNR have banned Argentinian captain Pablo Matera over a technicality relating to the amount of yellow cards he has picked up this season.
Matera, who’s had his share of off-field issues in recent months, picked up three yellow cards within a single French championship season, and has been formally suspended for one week.
An LNR statement reads: Pablo MATERA is suspended one week for “Accumulation of 3 yellow cards during a
French championship season. The suspension takes effect on the day of the hearing. As of February 4, 2021, given the calendar of matches played by Stade Français Paris, the one-week suspension will extend until Saturday 6 February 2021 included.
“Mr. Pablo Matera will therefore be requalified as of Sunday February 7, 2021. This decision may be appealed to the FFR Appeal Commission within 7 days of from the notification of the entire reasoned decision.”
Matera has been at the centre of a social media scandal after historic tweets attributed to the Argentinian captain have come to light, which allegedly showed him making racist and xenophobic remarks. It is a scandal that has rocked Argentinian rugby.
Matera’s captaincy was suspended before being dramatically reinstated by the UAR. The u-turn decision has upset some commentators, who wanted a hard-line approach on the matter from the union and the sport.
“I imagine there are a lot of people who have felt offended, hurt and I would like to ask their forgiveness,” Matera said on French television in December.
“It was a really bad use of social media with my friends from high school. I just want to let people know that I don’t believe any of these words, that they do not represent my values in any way.”
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