Steve Diamond was interviewed by BT Sport before his side’s 24-18 win over Saracens on Friday night where he provides his side of the story to the altercation between himself and journalist Sam Peters which dominated headlines during the week.
Diamond took umbrage to an article Peters wrote back in September where the journalist criticised the Director of Rugby’s approach to head injury assessments and injuries in general.
After the post-match press conference from Sale’s win over Gloucester in Kingsholm last weekend, Diamond raised the issue with Peters and things got a bit heated to say the least.
“Well, it was just inaccurate,” Diamond told BT Sport on Friday night.
“It was a personal attack, really. He questioned everything we do at Sale is in the benefit of the players, and that was sort of made out not to be the case. I just thought it was odd that he mentioned it. The actual report he did was when we played Wasps. He didn’t even mention the result in his report on that particular day. So, I asked him, obviously, why he didn’t ask any questions after we had such a tremendous win at Gloucester and he couldn’t answer that. We move on.”
“We have a rogue journalist who wants to have a pop and he can do that but we’ve got six/seven lads announced today in the England squad, two in the Scotland squad, we’re doing alright,” Diamond continued.
“We’re playing reasonably well. We got the best side in the country up here tonight and we put all our efforts into that. We’ve not really bothered about what was said. If I’m honest, I’ve had a lot of support from the league, the RFU, about this sort of stuff. We have a right to reply sometimes, Martin. There will be more eloquent people out there who say I should do it in a different way, well, you know, good on them, they don’t do the job I do.”
Diamond says that a line has been drawn underneath the incident and that Peters is welcome to come back to the AJ Bell Stadium.
“There’s a line been drawn underneath and we wish him to come down to the AJ Bell again and hopefully see the great work we do with the Academy, the lads who have signed for us who have been here man and boy, the Faf de Klerks of the world who have signed and the internationals we will be announcing.”
You can watch the full interview below:
Sale Sharks' Director of Rugby Steve Diamond gives his side of the story to Martin Bayfield… pic.twitter.com/aCTeNmHJ16
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