Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Diamond hearing delayed

Steve Diamond

Sale executive director of sport Steve Diamond's disciplinary hearing into two counts of verbally abusing match officials, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed.

A new date for the hearing has yet to be announced by the Rugby Football Union and no reason has been given for the postponement.

Diamond is alleged to have verbally abused referee Wayne Barnes and his assistants Rhys Davies and Gareth Copsey at the end of the 21-19 defeat by London Irish on January 8.

Sale were defeated at the Madejski Stadium after Barnes awarded the Exiles a late penalty for a Sale scrum offence that was kicked by Adrian Jarvis.

The RFU charged Diamond under its rule 5.12, which covers "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or game".

Diamond, who will take on the role of Sale chief executive next month, could face a touchline ban and possible fine if the case goes against him.

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