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Sale's Steve Diamond to face disciplinary hearing over abuse to match officials at Harlequins game

Sale Sharks Director of rugby Steve Diamond Credit: Press Association.

Steve Diamond faces a disciplinary hearing after allegedly verbally abusing match officials following Sale's Anglo-Welsh Cup win over Harlequins.

The Sale Sharks rugby director will attend the Rugby Football Union (RFU) disciplinary hearing on Wednesday evening, in a matter relating to Sale's 13-10 win at Harlequins on February 3.

The former Russia coach is alleged to have verbally abused match officials.

"Steve Diamond of Sale Sharks will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union and/or the game," read an RFU statement.

"Following the conclusion of the Anglo-Welsh Cup match between Harlequins and Sale on Friday, February 3, the Sale director of rugby is alleged to have verbally abused the match officials.

"Diamond will appear before an RFU Discipline panel chaired by Sam Hillas on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30pm."

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Sale Sharks defend Solomona signing

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In rugby union, Sale Sharks have defended their signing of rugby league star Denny Solomona.

The winger broke the Super league try scoring record this year and still had two seasons left on his contract with Castleford, who are now taking legal action which could end with Sale paying a transfer fee.

Solomona will make his debut for the Sharks within days.

Cipriani's trial continues after judge dismisses bid to have case thrown out

Cipriani crashed his Mercedes into a taxi in June last year Credit: PA

England Rugby star Danny Cipriani's trial for drink-driving will continue after a judge dismissed a bid to have the case thrown out.

The 28-year-old Sale Sharks player crashed his black Mercedes into a taxi in June last year.

He is accused of being so drunk his eyes were "glazed", he slurred his words and could not stand straight after the crash.

Jurors heard that a breathalyser test showed Cipriani had 67 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath - nearly twice the drink-drive limit in England and Wales of 35 micrograms.

The defence said there was not "sufficient" evidence the breathalyser test in the police station was working properly but Senior District Judge Howard Riddle ruled that Cipriani has a case to answer.

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Sharks hold news conference later to react to Cipriani's departure

Cipriani's had four seasons at Sale Credit: PA

Sale Rugby Club are holding a news conference later to give their reaction to losing Danny Cipriani.

Cipriani made 65 appearances and scored more than 500 points. Credit: PA

He's activated a clause in his contract allowing him to leave with a year still left on his deal with the Sharks to go back to his old Club Wasps.

He's returning to his old club Wasps Credit: PA

Sale were confident they'd hold on to him, but a big money move to his former club proved too tempting.

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