Liam Williams English champs Saracens docked 35 points, fined $10m for financial doping

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Liam Williams Owen Farrell, left, is one of many England stars in the Saracens team.

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Owen Farrell, left, is one of many England stars in the Saracens team.

English and European champion Saracens have been docked 35 points and fined more than £5.3 million (NZ$10.6m) for multiple breaches of Premiership Rugby’s salary cap regulations.

Club chairman Nigel Wray said they intended to appeal, which would delay the sanctions.

An independent panel led by John Dyson, a former judge, found the London-based club failed to disclose payments to players in each of the 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 seasons, and exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players. Saracens won the European Cup in 2017, the Premiership in 2018, and both this year.

Liam Williams Saracens chairman Nigel Wray says the club will appeal the sanctions.

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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray says the club will appeal the sanctions.

The panel was established after a nine-month Premiership Rugby investigation led to charges being brought in June. The panel upheld all the charges.

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