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'They just say 'b*******' basically...Get out of here, like, it's pathetic' - Zebo slams World Rugby's racism response


Simon Zebo. Photo: Getty Images

Simon Zebo. Photo: Getty Images

Simon Zebo. Photo: Getty Images

Former Ireland full-back Simon Zebo says he feels let down by World Rugby's lack of action in response to Argentina captain Pablo Matera's racist social media posts.

The Pumas skipper was briefly stood down by his home union after derogatory tweets he and team-mates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino wrote a number of years back resurfaced in the media, before being re-instated.

The game's governing body initially did not comment on the affair, only issuing a statement welcoming the union's investigation this week after being heavily criticised by former England and Lions winger Ugo Monye. And Zebo said their response was indicative of a lack of action on the issue at boardroom level.

"It shows you that it's just ticking a box," he told RugbyPass's The Offload podcast. "They're just keeping up with the trend. It's not at the forefront of their mind, it's not something they're trying their hardest to eradicate, clearly, if it's taken them over two weeks to say something.


"But that's something in general (they have said in the statement), it's not even something specific.

"They've had weeks to come up with change that they could enforce or punishment that they could enforce, or something. But no, two weeks, and they just say b******* basically, that 'Oh yeah, we're looking at the situation.' Get out of here, like, it's pathetic.

"You know, what a moment for World Rugby to stamp a mark on the subject of racism and to be involved, put the arm around the shoulders of those people and players who are representing the sport, but they didn't.

"They failed massively and it's very disappointing. Like, the tweets were just . . . How can you write something like that? To even think about something like that and then put it into words? It's one of the worst things you can do in terms of racism.

"But yeah, I'm just completely let down by the whole situation as a brown person playing the sport."

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