Tom Arscott was sacked by Sale today
The full-back, who had been dropped for the Premiership match on New Year’s Day, was found guilty at an internal disciplinary hearing of passing on sensitive information to his brother Luke, who was on the Bristol bench, the night before the game.
“Sale Sharks have today terminated the contract of Tom Arscott with immediate effect following a disciplinary investigation and hearing,” said the club’s chief executive Jon Dorsett.
Arscott, 29, who denied the claims, was alleged to have passed on elements of Sale’s tactics, including plans for a 13-man lineout.
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Bristol, who won the match 24-23, accepted the brothers had met but insisted nothing was passed on that changed their tactical approach.
Arscott who played for Bristol from 2007 to 2010, was out of contract in June but will now have to find a new employer mid-season.
That might not prove straightforward given the unique but personally damaging circumstances of his exit.