Sale Sharks’ end-of-season players’ party ended in uproar at a pub popular with families.

Officials from the Guinness Premiership club are co-operating with police investigating what happened at the get-together in the King’s Ransom pub in Sale town centre at the weekend.

Bouncers are believed to have been involved in trying to quell the trouble that began after, it is claimed, members of the 20-strong party of players used language that offended family groups.

The flare-up, which erupted on Sunday afternoon, was the second time in less than 12 hours that some of the players had gone to the pub, with a number already having spent time there on Saturday night following the club’s last game of the season at Harlequins earlier that day.

Sale bosses, angered over the apparent breach of disciplinary rules, last night confirmed that the police had been in contact with them at their Edgeley Park HQ. As well as speaking to the police, the club’s hierarchy have been ordered by furious owner Brian Kennedy to establish exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon, with a view to taking any disciplinary action he deems necessary.