Saracens to accept second 35-point deduction and effective relegation

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  • Club admit defeat in attempt to comply with salary cap
  • Players told at emergency meeting to discuss crisis

England’s erstwhile champion club Saracens will be playing in the Championship next season after repeatedly failing to adhere to the Premiership’s salary cap. The club’s players were informed on Friday that the club’s management had decided to accept a further 35-point deduction after coming under renewed pressure to demonstrate they are currently operating under the salary cap.

Premiership Rugby have yet to confirm the situation officially but the Guardian has learned that Saracens players’ were told of the unprecedented development at a breakfast time meeting. Having already been fined £5.6m and deducted 35 points, a similar punishment would see them drop to -42 points with 14 games to play, effectively down and out in terms of Premiership survival.

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Written by Robert Kitson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/17/saracens-salary-cap-premiership-relegation under the title “Saracens to accept second 35-point deduction and effective relegation”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.