Sale boss Steve Diamond gets suspended punishment
Sale boss Steve Diamond has been given a 12-week suspended ban for his post-match comments and behaviour in his side's win over Northampton last month.
Diamond admitted a charge of pushing Saints' performance director Nick Johnston, and making inappropriate comments in a TV interview.
He was fined £5,000, of which £1,000 is payable immediately.
Sharks director of sport Diamond must also undergo a course of media training before the end of the season.
Both the 12-week suspension from the field of play and technical area and from communicating directly with match officials, and most of the fine, are suspended until 31 May 2013 - on the condition that there is no repetition of any such offences.