Liam Williams | Saracens hit with heavy sanctions over salary cap

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London – English and European championsSaracenshave been docked 35 points and fined over £5 million for breaching thePremiership Rugbysalary cap over several seasons, Premiership Rugby announced on Tuesday.

Saracens – who provided nine of the England squad including captain Owen Farrell that reached last Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final – had been subject to a nine-month investigation.

The club immediately announced they would file an appeal against the sanctions.

Following a five-day hearing in September and October, an independent three-man panel, headed by a distinguished former judge, adjudicated that Saracens had contravened the salary cap which is set at £7 million a year.

Premiership Rugby has not disclosed how much money Saracens were found to have breached the cap by, but under the salary cap regulations it must exceed £650,000, which is the amount which triggers the maximum 35-point penalty

“The decision of the Independent Panel is that Saracens Rugby Club failed to disclose payments to players in each of the seasons 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19,” read a statement from Premiership Rugby.

“In addition, the C

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