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' - - PressFrom - United Kingdom
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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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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 '. 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

Saracens have dropped their appeal against heavy punishments for breaking the Premiership’s salary cap .

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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Saracens will not request a review of the decision by the independent disciplinary panel that found them guilty of breaching the Premiership salary cap in three consecutive seasons, with club chairman Nigel Wray confirming that they will accept a £ 5 . 3 m fine and 35 - point deduction "with humility".

Saracens are set to drop their planned appeal against a £ 5 .4 m fine and a 35 - point penalty for a breach of the salary cap , PA Media understands.

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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.

'People lose their jobs because they're not performing… everyone's saying "why aren't we as good as Saracens?"': England star Danny Care calls for champions to be RELEGATED after 'cheating' by breaking the salary cap

  'People lose their jobs because they're not performing… everyone's saying Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care has called for Saracens to be relegated after they were found to have been breaching Premiership salary cap rules for the past three seasons. Saracens were docked 35 points and fined £5million this week after an investigation into their finances found that investment deals between players and chairman Nigel Wray had breach regulations.And Care, who has won 82 caps for England, called for Saracens to spend as long in the second tier as they have been breaking the rules for.

English club were sanctioned for breaching the Premiership salary cap . Saracens are set to drop their planned appeal against a €6.3 million fine and a We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards.

Saracens are set to drop their planned appeal against a £ 5 .4 m fine and a 35 - point penalty for a breach of the salary cap . Shortly after the punishments were announced, Wray reiterated his belief the club had not broken the salary cap by entering into co-investment deals with players.

'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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Saracens are set to accept the 35 - point penalty and £ 5 .4 m fine for a breach of the salary cap , having reportedly made a dramatic u-turn in the last few days Saracens given £ 5 .4million fine and 35 - point deduction for salary cap breaches. Initially club had made it clear that they wanted to ask for review

Manchester United have released their first quarter financial results. The club are expecting a drop of revenue to £ 560m- £ 580m from £ 627.1m. Saracens WON ' T appeal £ 5 . 3 m fine and 35 - point deduction over salary cap scandal ' Perhaps we have done the wrong thing for the right reasons '.

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 are set to drop their planned appeal against a £ 5 .4million fine and a 35 - point penalty for a breach of the salary cap , according to the Press Association. The back-to-back Premiership champions and reigning European champions had initially announced their intention to appeal against what they

Saracens are set to drop a planned appeal against the £ 5 .4million fine and 35 - point penalty for a breach of their salary cap , according to the But ahead of Monday's deadline to officially serve notice of appeal , PA's Ian Parkes reports that Saracens are now poised to confirm they will not be doing so.

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.'


Sarries hammer Ospreys in Champions Cup .
Defending champions Saracens responded to last week's heavy defeat to Racing 92 with a crushing 44-3 Champions Cup win over Ospreys.Tries from Jack Singleton, Rotimi Segun (two), Alex Lewington and Richard Barrington, and a penalty try, saw the Premiership side romp to a Pool 4 victory at Allianz Park.

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