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Sport Saracens WON'T appeal their £5.3m fine and 35-point deduction over the salary cap scandal as chairman Nigel Wray admits: 'Perhaps we have done the wrong thing for the right reasons'

14:45  18 november  2019
14:45  18 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Saracens will accept the 35 - point penalty and £ 5 .36 m fine for breaking the salary cap after admitting to having made 'mistakes' © Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Missing a number of top numbers, Saracens got their Champions Cup defence off to a bad start with a 30-10 defeat to Racing 92.

“ Perhaps we have done the wrong thing for the right reasons but we must now draw a line and come together as Saracens to fully support our players, our coaches and our hard-working staff. “ We will shortly introduce robust independent governance measures acceptable to all, including the

Missing a number of top numbers, Saracens got their Champions Cup defence off to a bad start with a 30-10 defeat to Racing 92 © Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Missing a number of top numbers, Saracens got their Champions Cup defence off to a bad start with a 30-10 defeat to Racing 92

Saracens will accept the 35-point penalty and £5.36m fine for breaking the salary cap after admitting to having made 'mistakes', plummeting them to the bottom of the Premiership table on -22 points.

The club had initially issued a bullish response to the verdict of the independent, QC-led panel by saying they would appeal all the findings, as they considered the sanctions to be 'heavy-handed'.

But they have now opted not to go through with a review because they say it would be a 'costly, time consuming and destabilising exercise'.

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Nigel Wray , the Saracens chairman , says he is taking "full responsibility" for the club's salary cap breach caused by his joint-investments as he confirmed the club had abandoned plans to appeal against their 35 - point penalty.

Monday, 18 November 2019 Saracens won ' t appeal £ 5 . 3 m fine and and 35 - point deduction for salary breaches | Guadalupe Richards Saracens will accept the 35 - point penalty and £ 5 .36 m fine for breaking the salary cap after admitting to having made 'mistakes', plummeting them to the bottom of

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The club will now be fighting for Premiership survival, as they are sitting 26 points behind 11th-placed Leicester Tigers.

Saracens's multi-millionaire owner Nigel Wray - who has long maintained that 'investment is not salary' - acknowledged that he should have consulted with Premiership Rugby's salary cap manager about his co-investment partnerships with players 'prior to entering into them'.

He said that the club accepted the findings 'with humility' after acknowledging their mistakes and said they would now 'pull together' to respond to the challenges they face.

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'I recognise that the arrangements between myself and players, made in good faith, which comprise the material element of the charges, should have been brought to the attention of the salary cap manager for consultation prior to entering into them,' he said in a statement.

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Saracens are confident they will be successful in an official review of the sanctions imposed upon the club following a breach of salary cap rules. Premiership Rugby (PRL) handed the reigning champions a maximum 35 - point deduction and a fine of more than £ 5 m after a seven-month

November 5 - Saracens were docked 35 points and fined £ 5 . 3 million after being found guilty of breaching the salary cap . November 18 - Saracens decide they will not appeal their punishments with chairman Nigel Wray claiming: ' Perhaps we have done the wrong thing for the right reasons '.

'As chairman, I must take full responsibility for the arrangements that led to this outcome. It is important to stress that our excellent coaching staff were not involved in these issues in any way.

'In addition, we can confirm that we are complying strictly with the salary cap regulations in the current season and will continue to work transparently with Premiership Rugby in this regard.'

a group of people playing a game of football: Premiership champions will now pay a £5.3million fine and have 35 points deducted © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Premiership champions will now pay a £5.3million fine and have 35 points deducted

A joint statement from Saracens and Premiership Rugby (PRL) said: 'Premiership Rugby and Saracens have concluded matters relating to the recent breaches of the Premiership Rugby Salary Cap, with Saracens confirming they will not request a review of the decision by the independent disciplinary panel.

'This means that the disciplinary process is at an end and the sanction on Saracens Rugby Club is confirmed as: a total fine of £5,360,272.31 and a total deduction of 35 league points. The Gallagher Premiership Rugby table will be updated today.' 

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announcing changes to its salary cap regulations, enabling it to deduct Saracens a further 70 points on top of the 35 they were docked in November. that the champions would be fined £ 5 .36 m and docked 35 points in November, Saracens reacted angrily and pledged to appeal against the sanctions.

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Darren Childs, Chief Executive of Premiership Rugby, said: 'We welcome Saracens’ decision to accept the verdict of the independent panel and are pleased the club has crucially reaffirmed its commitment to the Premiership Rugby Salary Cap.

Mark McCall in a blue shirt: In a statement, Wray insisted director of rugby Mark McCall and his staff were not to blame © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In a statement, Wray insisted director of rugby Mark McCall and his staff were not to blame 'This is the right outcome for English club rugby. Bringing this process to a conclusion means that we can focus on working in partnership with all Clubs to continue to build a competitive and successful league.' 

In the joint statement, Wray said: 'We have made mistakes and so, with humility, we must accept these penalties. As a club, we will now pull together and meet the challenges that lie ahead. 

'We confirm our commitment to the Salary Cap, and the underlying principle of a level playing field, and will continue to work transparently with Premiership Rugby in this regard.'

Owen Farrell holding a football ball: England captain Owen Farrell (L) and lock Maro Itoje (R) were among those involved with Wray © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited England captain Owen Farrell (L) and lock Maro Itoje (R) were among those involved with Wray The independent panel upheld all of the charges brought by PRL against Saracens, finding that they had 'both failed to disclose payments to players and exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players' in each of the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

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SARACENS chairman Nigel Wray admitted the club ‘ have made mistakes’ after deciding not to appeal against their 35 - point ‘ Perhaps we have done the wrong thing for the right reasons , but we ■ ALLIANZ are to hold talks with Saracens over concerns arising from the salary - cap scandal .

Sarries are set to be docked 35 points and fined £ 5 .36 m after an inquiry into business dealings between owner Nigel Wray and some of the club's Journalists were banned from asking director of rugby Mark McCall questions about the salary cap breach during Wednesday's regular media briefing.

The co-investment arrangements between Wray and his star players, which Saracens now say were 'material' to these charges, were revealed by Sportsmail in March following a lengthy investigation. Saracens are likely to also be hit with a large legal bill, the sum of which is to be determined by the independent disciplinary panel in a separate costs exercise.

The club will also respond to these unprecedented sanctions by changing the governance at the club.

a group of football players on a field: Wray called for the whole squad to pull together and support each other following the news © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Wray called for the whole squad to pull together and support each other following the news Wray said: 'We will shortly introduce robust independent governance measures acceptable to all, including the appointment to the Saracens board of a director, who will oversee a new governance regime. I will continue as always to support the club financially going forwards to ensure there is no financial instability or uncertainty.'

He added: 'Perhaps we have done the wrong thing for the right reasons, but we must now draw a line and come together as Saracens to fully support our players, our coaches and our hard-working staff.'


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