Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Saracens appeal against £5 million fine for salary cap breach

Saracens appeal against £5 million fine for salary cap breach

Exeter chief executive Tony Rowe has suggested Saracens should be relegated from the Premiership and Baxter admitted he can understand where he was coming from.

Earlier on Wednesday, Saracens' representatives pulled out of the season launch of the Champions Cup, prompting European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) to consider taking action against the English Premiership club.

Their decision to anger the organisers is particularly surprising given that EPCR were quick to point out in light of the judgment that Saracens would retain their European titles and their status in this year's competition was not in question because the salary cap is a Premiership rule.

British media reported the breaches related to England internationals Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Mako and Billy Vunipola entering into business partnerships with the club's chairman Nigel Wray.

In the event that Saracens Rugby Club seeks a review, the sanctions will be suspended pending the outcome of that review.

Gallagher Premiership rugby have updated the league table and Saracens sit bottom of the pile with minus 26 points. The panel upheld all the charges.

Exeter have lost the last two Premiership finals to Saracens, but the Chiefs' director of rugby Rob Baxter does not expect their rivals to be stripped of their titles.

An Independent Panel upheld all charges, which were brought following a nine-month Premiership Rugby investigation.

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A separate statement from the club defended the use of co-investment arrangements with players, and stated that "PRL precedent already exists whereby co-investments have not been deemed part of salary in the regulations".

However, they added: "It is the club's belief that the panel's narrow interpretation of the regulations is detrimental to player welfare across the league and is damaging the development of elite level rugby in the UK".

"For over 25 years, I have put my heart and soul into the game I love", he said in an official statement on Saracen's website.

"This is absolutely devastating for everyone associated with this incredible group of players, staff, partners, and fans, " Wray said in a statement. You want to continue to making payments outside the salary cap.'You have got to do something here that will make people go "Well that is not what we are supposed to be doing, we are not supposed to be trying to find loopholes and ways out of it".

"As a sport we often look down our nose at other sports and say our grass is greener", Robshaw said.

So, while Saracens have been under scrutiny for some time over their management of the cap, the latest findings only apply to the last three seasons and do not take into account the investigation of 2015. 'We will appeal all the findings'. It is cheating. It is not a good situation for our sport to be in.

The Mail also report that Saracens, who have won the English Premiership in four of the last five seasons, could still face further sanctions from other clubs regarding their previous titles.

The current cap is £7m, but that does not include two "marquee players" whose salaries are outside the cap.

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