Sale Sharks’ back row Andy Powell has been fined £5,000 after being found guilty of mouthing foul language and making an offensive hand gesture to fans.
The incident occurred during Sharks’ defeat at Bath at the weekend, although £4,000 of the Wales international’s fine is suspended until May next year.
Although Powell escaped a ban, Sharks winger Tom Brady was not as fortunate, after he was handed a two-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Ben Skirving during the same clash.
A club spokesman said: “Andy Powell was charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game contrary to RFU Rule 5.12. in mouthing foul language and making an offensive hand gesture to spectators during the match on Saturday. He pleaded guilty to the offence.
“He was fined £5,000, £4,000 suspended until May 30th 2013. He can play again immediately.
“Tom Brady, who was charged with an alleged dangerous tackle following a report from RFU citing officer John Byett in the same game, was found guilty of the offence.
“He was suspended for two weeks and can play again on October 16th 2012.”
The panel was chaired by Antony Davies and comprised John Loughton and Austin Newman.
The events come as two further blows for Sale who have suffered five straight defeats in the start of their Aviva Premiership Campaign.
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