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Sport Saracens' salary cap judgement, explained: Six key questions answered on the Premiership Rugby fine and points deduction

11:40  19 november  2019
11:40  19 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Hugh Godwin answers the six most common questions on the ruling for the North London club. Premiership Rugby said on Monday the costs of the Saracens case need to be worked out before a decision on who or where the fine of £5,360,272.31 is paid to. i understands past fines for overruns of

The Premiership champions, Saracens , have pledged to fight the imposition of a 35- point Saracens salary - cap breach stamps an asterisk on a great club and the game | Robert Kitson. Andrew Rodgers concluded Saracens did have a case to answer and charges were brought in June

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Is this the last we are going to hear about the Premiership salary cap?

If there are charges against other clubs in the pipeline, we have no way of knowing. The salary-cap system is regulated by Premiership Rugby – a company owned by the league’s 13 shareholder clubs – without oversight from the sport’s governing body in England, the Rugby Football Union. The regulations have confidentiality and secrecy built in.

At least we can be sure Saracens are playing by the rules now?

Without publication of the judgement in the current case, we have little detail of what Saracens specifically did wrong, just a vague idea their actions were “reckless” rather than “deliberate”. Nor do we know what measures regarding past and present payments and benefits to players they may need to take to comply with the cap. The idea of publishing individual players’ earnings is anathema in rugby, but there is little transparency as things stand and an argument for much greater disclosure.

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Saracens , the reigning Premiership and European champions, are facing a 35- point deduction The updated Premiership Rugby table on the league's website Credit: PREMIERSHIP RUGBY . A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: "The Salary Cap is an important mechanism to ensure a

Saracens face a salary cap review as Premiership Rugby says they did not disclose full details of business deals with players. "Clubs are required to supply information to the Premiership Rugby salary cap manager on any arrangements between a connected party and a player which might

NANTERRE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 17: Alex Lozowski of Saracens scores a try during the Heineken Champions Cup Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Paris La Defense Arena on November 17, 2019 in Nanterre, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images NANTERRE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 17: Alex Lozowski of Saracens scores a try during the Heineken Champions Cup Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Paris La Defense Arena on November 17, 2019 in Nanterre, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Isn’t this a terrible 'look' for the Premiership, just at the time CVC Capital Partners have paid around £200m to buy into the league?

There are two ways of looking at that. The CVC investment has indeed coincided with shockingly negative publicity surrounding England’s most successful club, albeit one admired for its coaching, man-management and work in the local community. On the other hand, it would not be a surprise if the new investors had demanded the Premiership cleaned up its act. The past practice of private agreements to settle alleged breaches appears to have been done away with.

'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.

Saracens will appeal against the “heavy-handed” 35- point deduction and fine in excess of £5m handed down by Premiership Rugby after being found to have If the points deduction is upheld, Saracens , who are currently fourth in the Premiership , would face a fight to survive in the top flight.

On Tuesday night Premiership Rugby moved to cement Saracens ’ relegation by announcing changes to its salary cap regulations, enabling it to deduct The Premiership table now shows Saracens as sitting in 12th place with a points total of -77. The move comes after consultation with the Rugby

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Who or where is the fine paid to?

Premiership Rugby said on Monday the costs of the Saracens case need to be worked out before a decision on who or where the fine of £5,360,272.31 is paid to. i understands past fines for overruns of the cap have been distributed to the other clubs, but this breach is a different situation. If the fine does go to the other 12 shareholder clubs (including Newcastle in the Championship) they may receive around £450,000 each.

What will be Saracens’ targets for the season now?

NANTERRE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Tomkins of Saracens makes a break during the Heineken Champions Cup Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Paris La Defense Arena on November 17, 2019 in Nanterre, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images NANTERRE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Tomkins of Saracens makes a break during the Heineken Champions Cup Round 1 match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Paris La Defense Arena on November 17, 2019 in Nanterre, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) Fascinating question. The five-times Premiership champions are now on minus 22 points and sit bottom of the 12-team league, 26 points behind 11th-placed Leicester with one team to be relegated next June. The most points earned by a relegated club was 38 by Harlequins in 2005. Saracens could exceed that total with 12 or 13 wins in the remaining 18 matches, and a dollop of bonus points for tries scored or losing by narrow margins (Quins had 12 bonus points the year they went down). So avoiding relegation is eminently achievable, given Sarries’ strength in depth. Obviously it will be much tougher to reach the top six and qualify for Europe - it could require them to win almost all their remaining matches, and if they want to get to the top-four title play-offs, they might have to win the lot. As for Europe this season, if Saracens are serious about retaining their Champions Cup they do know how to rotate their squad to the best effect and, as far as we know, none of the star names are leaving.

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Premiership Rugby is from Mars and Saracens are from Venus | Robert Kitson. Read more. The panel declined to rule on the claim, saying “it is not necessary to do so” when judging whether Saracens had breached the salary cap , for which the club was docked 35 points and fined £5.3m.

Saracens are set to be locked in a relegation battle after concluding their chances of successfully appealing against the 35- point deduction and £5m for breaching the Premiership ’s salary cap regulations were too slim to justify the cost.

How much will Saracens’ past success be tainted?

This is one for the fullness of time. How do all those within the club feel about being branded as cheats? Saracens maintain their players and coaches up to and including long-serving director of rugby Mark McCall did nothing wrong. So Owen Farrell, for example, can still boast on his playing CV the status as a five-time Premiership champion and three-time European Cup winner. A player at Exeter, for instance, can lay claim only to winning the league once. Meanwhile, what about the thousands of supporters and media who watched and reported on Saracens’ epic days in the sun? There was nothing more redolent of the club’s power and strength than the comeback win over Exeter in this year’s Premiership final in June, when Wales full-back Liam Williams scored one game-changing try and England hooker Jamie George finished another. Does that victory and all the others simply go down as ill-gotten gains?

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