Mako Vunipola The most successful rugby club in Europe has been docked 35 points, fined $7 million, and could be stripped of its titles after breaking rules on player wages

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  • English Premiership and European rugby union champions Saracens have been docked 35 points, fined $7 million, and face being stripped of their titles.
  • The club was found guilty of breaching rules on player wages after an investigation from the Daily Mail and Premiership Rugby.
  • English clubs have a salary cap of $9 million, which Saracens owner Nigel Wray is reported to have worked around by entering private business partnerships with a number of the club’s players.
  • “Together we have created something incredibly special with the Saracens family,” said Wray. “This is absolutely devastating for everyone.”
  • Saracens, who now sit with -26 points in the Premiership, will appeal the findings.
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English Premiership and European rugby union champions Saracens have been docked 35 points, fined $7 million, and face being stripped of their titles after being found guilty of breaking rules on player wages.

Rugby union clubs in England have an annual salary cap of $9 million, however the Daily Mail published an article in March 2019 which revealed the club’s owner, Nigel Wray, had reportedly entered private business partnerships with some of its top players — including Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, and Maro Itoje — as a method of getting around salary laws.

The piece prompted a nine-month investigation from Premiership Rugby, who on Wednesday, declared that an independent p

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