DIAMOND ABUSES REFEREES
Steve Diamond, the Executive Director for Sports at Sale Sharks, is facing a ban for a long time after being charged with verbal abuse on two counts. Diamond faces the ban for verbally abusing officials on the pitch after the team’s defeat last Sunday at the hands of London Irish.
Diamond will be appearing before a three man panel for discipline on Tuesday in Stafford, accused of abusing the match referees for that day – Wayne Barnes, and his assistant referees namely Rhys Davies and Gareth Copsey.
Steve Diamond has a history of disciplinary charges. It was only last October when Steve Diamond received a twelve week touchline ban for pushing the Fitness Coach of the Northampton team, Nick Johnston, on the sidelines. That time the match was won by the Sharks over the Saints at the Edgeley Park, which would have at least helped sweeten Diamond’s five thousand pound fine.
The executive director of the Sale Sharks was warned about the consequences of repeating such acts, and asked to take part in a course for media training before the end of the current season. If he is found guilty, the Sale Sharks head will face the suspension and also a fine as punishment for his offence.
Diamond was riled this time in the match that Sale Sharks lost to Exiles, with some controversial penalties being awarded by Barnes. The Sharks lost the match 21-19 to the Exiles, which went against most pundits’ rugby betting tips.
According to Steve Diamond, the decision was very wrong and was also given at a crucial time. The decision by the referees had cost the Sale Sharks the match and hence he was furious.
England fans will be hoping this current rush of passion in top-class rugby will be reflected by the national team. After disappointing so badly in New Zealand through poor performances and a lack of heart, England’s Six Nations odds have risen to as much as 8/1 on some betting exchanges.