Liam Williams Saracens to appeal 35-point deduction and £5million fine for salary cap breaches

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Liam Williams Saracens celebrate after beating Leinster in the Champions Cup final
Saracens celebrate after beating Leinster in the Champions Cup final

Saracens are facing the “devastating” threat of being docked 35 points and fined over £5million for multiple breaches of Premiership Rugby’s salary cap regulations.

Club chairman Nigel Wray says the club, who are back-to-back Premiership champions and reigning European champions, will appeal against what they describe as “heavy-handed” punishments.

The launching of an appeal means the sanctions will be suspended.

Had the points penalty come into effect immediately, it would have left the team on -26 points after three games played in the early Gallagher Premiership standings.

Should the appeal fail and the original sanctions are upheld, the club are liable for the full £5,360,272.31 within 21 days of the decision under Premiership Rugby regulations – a huge financial penalty alongside the sporting sanction.

Wray said in a statement: “For over 25 years, I have put my heart and soul into the gam

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