Sale have complained to the Rugby Football Union that confidential team information was passed to Bristol
Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond confirmed wing Tom Arscott has been suspended since 4th January
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Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond has confirmed Tom Arscott has been suspended by the club for allegedly leaking information to opponents Bristol in January.
Tom met Bristol back and brother Luke Arscott before their teams played, but “nothing of any sporting value” was passed on to the coaches, according to Bristol boss Mark Tainton.
Nevertheless, Sharks director of rugby Diamond confirmed the winger has been suspended since 4 January.
“Senior players came to me and said they had heard that information had been passed from one group to another.” revealed Diamond.
“We set a disciplinary up and, in order to do that, we informed the RFU.”
When asked how Sale’s senior players learned that information had been leaked, Diamond said: “I don’t really know the full details of it. That information has been passed onto the RFU.
“Effectively a player has met with the opposition and given them some information – that is all I am allowed to say.
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“All we have done is asked him why he has done it. He has replied and we now have to go through a formal disciplinary process.”
Neither Sale’s Arscott, who signed from London Welsh in 2013, or Bristol’s Arscott, who has previously played for clubs including Exeter Chiefs and Bath, entered the field during the match.
“Luke has carried on training,” added Tainton. “We believe that he has done nothing wrong or that jeopardises Bristol rugby.”