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Owen Farrell Saracens Q&A: What happens now after 35-point deduction and £5.3m fine? Will Premiership and European champions have to lose stars like Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Co to stay within salary cap regulations?
- Saracens have been docked THIRTY-FIVE POINTS and fined £5.3million
- After Sportsmail’s revelations back in March, they have been found guilty of breaching salary cap regulations following a complex seven-month investigation
- Arrangements between their multi-millionaire owner Nigel Wray and star players including Owen Farrell were scrutinised
- The judgment concerns Saracens only, and takes no action against the players
By Laura Lambert For The Daily Mail
Saracens have been docked 35 points and fined more than £5million over breaches of salary cap rules, that was sparked by aSportsmailinvestigation.
A statement from Premiership Rugby announced: ‘The sanction that has been imposed on Saracens Rugby Club by the panel is a total fine of £5,360,272.31 and a total deduction of 35 league points.’
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Premiership Rugby and European champions Saracens have been docked 35 points and fined £5.3m after being found guilty of breaching the salary cap
What has Saracens been found guilty of?
A specialist disciplinary panel has found Saracens guilty of breaching Premiership Rugby’s (PRL) salary cap, and has imposed the maximum points deduction of 35 points and a fine of £5.36million. PRL say that they brought charges in June following a seven-month investigation.
The scope of the case remains confidential but the judgment said: ‘The decision is that Saracens failed to disclose payments to players in each of the seasons 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. In addition, the Club is found to have exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players in each of the three seasons.’
Sportsmail’sfour-month investigation, published in March, found that the club’s multi-millionaire owner Nigel Wray went into business with some of his best players, through investment companies set up in the names of the players, with Wray as a shareholder. Wray had previously contested that ‘investment is not salary’ and likened these arrangements to his public support of coffee and brewing companies set up by players.
In March, Sportsmail published the findings of a four-month investigation into Saracens
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