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Saracens have finally admitted guilt in the salary-cap scandal and accepted the 35-point penalty and £5.36million fine that resulted from their ‘recklessness’.
On another extraordinary day in the saga, Eddie Jones raised fears his England stars may choose club over country and skip the Six Nations as Saracens concentrate on the fight for Premiership survival.
And the club’s chief sponsor Allianz refused the chance to back Sarries categorically, instead revealing they want to hold talks to seek assurances about whether the club shares their high standards of ‘integrity and transparency’.
Saracens owner Nigel Wray (pictured) confirmed that his club had accepted their punishment
Saracens are now bottom of the Premiership, sat on -22 points after their punishment
Following two weeks of legal advice, Saracens announced on Monday lunchtime that they would no longer be reviewing the judgment of the independent panel which was sparked by aSportsmailinvestigation.
That was a dramatic U-turn from their initially indignant response to what they called ‘heavy-handed sanctions’.
The club admitted making mistakes and perhaps ‘having done the wrong thing for the right reasons’, while multi-millionaire owner Nigel Wray took ‘full responsibility’ for the breach.
The unprecedented punishment means the European and Premiership champions face a mighty battle for survival, with the points deduction dropping them to the bottom of the table on minus-22 points — 26 adrift of second-bottom Leicester.
The Premiership champions will now pay a £5.3million fine and have 35 points deducted
Judging by previous seasons, they would need to win 14 of their 18 remaining matches to avoid relegation.
With the Six Nations starting in just over two months,
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