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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

'They should be relegated!': Saracens' rivals call for harsher punishments over salary cap breach

  'They should be relegated!': Saracens' rivals call for harsher punishments over salary cap breach Exclusive: Exeter owner Tony Rowe and ex-Harlequins head coach John Kingston tell i they want more than a £5m fine and 35-point deductionThe north London club were docked 35 points and fined more than £5m on Tuesday after an independent panel led by barrister Lord Dyson found the club had failed to disclose payments to players in each of the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. Dyson also said they had exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players.

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.

Saracens have until midnight on Monday to contest their points deduction and fine for breaching the Premiership salary cap . Saracens previously claimed they "readily comply" with salary cap rules and were able to spend above the £ One of the dominant forces in northern hemisphere club rugby

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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.

Diamond: Saracens were naive

  Diamond: Saracens were naive Steve Diamond says Saracens should "take down the integrity and honesty signs" from their Allianz Park home for a year. Saracens were handed a 35-point deduction in this season's Premiership and fined £5.36m on Tuesday for breaching salary cap regulations.Both sanctions will be suspended while the English and European champions - who described the action as "heavy-handed" - appeal against them.

Saracens have chosen not to appeal against their 35- point deduction and £5.36million fine for salary cap breaches. The English and European champions and Premiership Rugby have released a joint statement declaring the verdict of the independent disciplinary panel will stand unchallenged.

Saracens were deducted 35 points and handed a fine in excess of £5m ( Getty ). Saracens are set to drop their planned appeal against a £5.4million fine No details have been revealed on the size of the undisclosed payments or the recipients but Premiership Rugby ’s investigations were thought to have

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 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 £5.3m fine and 35- point deduction "with humility".

Premiership champions Saracens will not be contesting their points deduction and fine for "This is the right outcome for English club rugby ," he said. "Bringing this process to a conclusion means that we What was Saracens ' initial reaction? In a statement issued on the same day the sanctions were

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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.

Saracens could face sanctions in Europe if they prioritise Premiership survival and field second-string side in Heineken Champions Cup

  Saracens could face sanctions in Europe if they prioritise Premiership survival and field second-string side in Heineken Champions Cup EXCLUSIVE BY LAURA LAMBERT: Saracens could find themselves on the wrong side of European rules if they field an obvious second-string side in the Heineken Champions Cup.Mark McCall, their director of rugby, revealed on Saturday that their focus for the season would be on avoiding Premiership relegation if their 35-point penalty stands.

Saracens have dropped their appeal against heavy punishments for breaking the Premiership ’s salary cap . The English and European champions have decided not to contest the £5.4m fine and The Premiership rugby table will be updated with immediate effect, taking Saracens to bottom place on

What exactly have Saracens done? Premiership Rugby responded to allegations of a salary cap breach by carrying out an investigation which took nine months. No details have been revealed on the size of the undisclosed payments or the recipients but Premiership Rugby ’s investigations were

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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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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