Mako Vunipola Saracens salary cap breach: Premiership champions will not contest sanctions

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Saracens have won four of the past five Premiership titles

Premiership champions Saracens have confirmed they will not be contesting their points deduction and fine for breaching the league’s salary cap.

They have been docked 35 points and fined £5.36m after an inquiry into business partnerships between owner Nigel Wray and some of their players.

Wray said the club “made mistakes” and accepted the penalties “with humility”.

Mark McCall’s side have subsequently dropped from third to bottom of the Premiership with -22 points.

“As a club, we will now pull together and meet the challenges that lie ahead,” added Wray, who had previously vowed to “appeal against all the findings”.

“We confirm our commitment to the salary cap, and the underlying principle of a level playing field, and will continue to work transparently with Premiership Rugby in this regard.”

Premiership Rugby’s chief executive Darren Childs welcomed Saracens’ decision.

“This is the right outcome for English club rugby,” he said. “Bringing this process to a conclusion means that we can focus on working in partnership with all clubs to continue to build a competitive and successful league.”

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What was Saracens’ initial reaction?

In a statement issuedon the same day the sanctions were announced earlier this month, Sarries strongly refuted the charges brought by an independent disciplinary panel, with owner Wray saying it felt as though “the rug is being completely pulled out from under our feet”.

The club apologised for “administrative errors relating to the non-disclosure of some transactions” to Premiership Rugby Limited, but added it will “continue to vigorously defend this position especially as Premiership Rugby Limited precedent already exists whereby co-investments have not been deemed part of salary in the reg

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