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Munster doctor Jamie Kearns and Sale boss Steve Diamond hit in the pocket

The brawl which erupted during Munster's defeat at Saracens (Photo by Getty Images)

EPCR banked €5,000 in fines on New Year’s Eve after disciplinary hearings involving Munster team doctor Jamie Kearns and Sale boss Steve Diamond. 

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The Munster medic had been called to answer a misconduct complaint after his verbal abuse of Saracens’ Jamie George sparked a mass brawl at Allianz Park on December 14. 

An independent disciplinary committee composed of Simon Thomas (chair, Wales), Jean-Noel Couraud (France) and Rhian Williams (Wales) found that Kearns had breached EPCR disciplinary rules by verbally abusing George about his weight during the London club’s 15-6 win.

Taking into account the immediate expression of remorse shown by Kearns, the committee imposed a three-week touchline ban – suspended for a period of 12 months – and an immediately payable fine of €2,000.

Diamond, meanwhile, was given a formal reprimand and fined an immediately payable €3,000 after his disciplinary hearing found that during his post-match duties at the AJ Bell Stadium on December 8, he insulted the match officials with comments that potentially brought the game into disrepute. 

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Commenting on referee Mathieu Raynal and his assistants after Sale were denied a late match-winning try versus Exeter, Diamond said: “I just said to the referee: ‘Good game and your touch judge has had a brilliant game.’ Hopefully, that will go through to their assessors and we’ll never see the bastards again in Manchester.”

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The disciplinary committee took into account Diamond’s admission of wrongdoing, in addition to his numerous subsequent public comments and apologies for any offence caused. 

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