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Quote:Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel after being charged with two counts of verbally abusing match officials.
Diamond is accused of verbally abusing referee Wayne Barnes and his assistants Rhys Davies and Gareth Copsey at the end of Sunday's Aviva Premiership game between Sale and London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.
Diamond's case will be heard on Tuesday, with Sean Enright set to chair the three-man panel in Stafford.
Quote:TomTrumps in the comments to an article in the Guardian
Steve Diamond, Sale's executive director of sport, is facing disciplinary action after criticising the referee Wayne Barnes at the end of Sunday's Premiership defeat at London Irish. The Sharks were leading two minutes from the end when they conceded a penalty for wheeling a scrum which was converted to give the home side a two-point victory.
Diamond complained at the after-match media conference that Barnes had turned up at the changing room area before the game "late and flustered" and did not turn out to Sale's liking. "What he wants to do is come to a Premiership coaching session and see that the wheel went out of the game 10 years ago," he said. "We analyse our game and look to improve; I hope referees do the same. They are invited to come to club training sessions, but they must be doing their own training."
Diamond is under the terms of a suspended 12-week ban which was imposed after a touchline altercation at Northampton last November and subsequent television interview. He was ordered to take some media training before the end of the season, and he was warned about the consequences of any more breaches of the conduct regulation.
He was asked by one reporter last Sunday: "You are talking about allegedly one of the world's best referees here, Steven. "Apparently so, yeah," came the reply. "And would he approach a Test match on time or would he have got to a Test match 10 minutes late? Or maybe I am just throwing my bricks out of the pram with that."
He was later interviewed on his own by Neale Harvey, a journalist with the Rugby Paper, who has provided a transcript of the interview.
NH: You are obviously pretty het-up about referees not coming to your training ground, Steve.
SD: No, I'm het-up about consistency and if any referee tells me … I've played in thousands of scrums and the way we have the hit and keep our shoulders and binds, you can't wheel a scrum.
NH: Those scrums were solid today.
SD: Exactly … why are we going to wheel a scrum with three minutes to go when we're in the lead by a couple of points?
NH: There's been a lot of issues about scrums, but today two teams wanted to scrum, didn't they?
SD: Yeah … and he's not there! Their No8 … we heard five times through the microphone off the touch judge 'the No8 isn't binding'. He was pushing his locks in, which is illegal. We said to him at half-time he didn't make one penalty assistance there. It was a slingshot (from the No8), but his interpretation was he had enough bind. He was suggesting the bind was sufficient.
NH: What do you do at Sale because all the other clubs … well a lot of the clubs … say the referees come in and work with them?
SD: Yeah … we fill in a report the day after every single game and we make many, many points on that report … positive, negative, consistency points … and we get feedback. But generally they just agree with everything we write.
NH: You said it's all one way, though?
SD: It is all one way. It's all our way to them. If we were to do a time and motion study on our hourly rates on what our coaches spend on looking at the referee … well, we should employ them!
NH: What response do you get from Ed (Elite referees boss Ed Morrison) and Tony (Spreadbury)?
SD: The response is good but it's at the very, very top where this needs to be done. The standard of refereeing … look at the guy today, he's got a belly on him running round the pitch!
NH: That's Wayne Barnes you're talking about!
SD: I know it is. He's still got a belly and he's turned up 10 minutes late. You know what he says to us when I said 'where've you been?' … I said 'would you treat a Test match the same?'. He said 'I've been upstairs having lunch'. @#$%& fantastic! That's what he said to me. I'd been upstairs waiting for him when he came jogging in.
NH: You're kidding?
SD: No, I'm not. Quote it!
NH: Are we on the record?
That's because he's still director of rugby until the end of the month.
Nothing to report re stadium moves.
salesharksMEN neil leigh
Dimes' disciplinary hearing now re-scheduled for Wednesday, February 15
3 hours ago
salesharksMEN neil leigh
Hearing to be held in Coventry of all places.
3 hours ago
It is still beyond my ken how anyone can assess a game from the touchline.
All matches should be recorded and then played back to the officials with the clubs and RFU representatives present when there is a dispute.The outcome should be made public so that there are no disputes regarding the outcome.The fact that peoples livelihood comes down to an opinion really needs to be assessed.Technology must surely be brought in to help everyone.