Sun 30 Dec 2018 | 08:03

Sale Sharks coach involved in media bust-up

Sale Sharks coach involved in media bust-up
Sun 30 Dec 2018 | 08:03
Sale Sharks coach involved in media bust-up
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REACTION: Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has reportedly been involved in an altercation with a journalist following his side’s 30-15 away win over Gloucester in the Premiership.

According to multiple media sources including The Independent and The Guardian, Diamond had completed his post-match press conference when he confronted journalist Sam Peters.

The coach wanted to know why Peters had not asked any questions following Sale’s upset win. Diamond then suggested the pair step outside for further discussion, over which Peters claims Diamond ‘attempted to physically intimidate me’ and ‘steal a piece of his property’.

The Sale coach reportedly snatched a recording device off Peters which lead to shouting between the two, which Peters calling Diamond ‘a bully’.

In September, Peters published a scathing review inThe Independent criticising the ‘old-school’ methods of the 50-year-old’s regime at Sale. The detailed article listed Diamond’s previous indiscretions which led to multiple suspensions and controversies for the coach, involving blow-ups with rival Directors, public criticism of referees and abuse of match officials and public dissent at the HIA protocols implemented to improve player welfare.

Diamond seemed to take offence to Peters not asking a question in Sale’s win over Gloucester, which led to the confrontation where Peters’ earlier article was raised.

The incident has somewhat overshadowed the gloss over the club’s first away win of the season.

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