A salary cap scandal has struck English rugby - 06-Nov

A salary cap scandal has struck English rugby - 06-Nov

Premiership Rugby's investigation into Saracens' salary cap breach is thought to have centred around the club chairman's involvement in some key players' companies - including Owen Farrell's Faz Investments Ltd, reports the Press Association.

"I think the concern is, if that is your first response to the what's happened, what you are basically saying is, we are not actually abiding by the fundamental basic principles of the salary cap, which is what we are supposed to be aiming to work within to create a level of fairness and competition in the competition".

The Saracens have won three Premier League titles in the last four years.

"Maybe that is why you can see they have been so successful when everyone else has been struggling, everyone else has been competing to be competitive to try and keep in their salary caps, to get the best quality as possible to try and be competitive". But I don't feel any less comfortable playing against them now as I have done before.

"When you look back and say, when you look at a team who have been dominating for years and extremely dominant and they have been caught cheating, maybe that is the answer". Now they return to England with an uncertain future. I'm not sitting here and making a personal perspective of it, that's how it would have to be.

He learned to cope, learn to roll with the punches and came out the other side. "& # 39; because one season is too big an image for me to say that".

Gallagher Premiership rugby have updated the league table and Saracens sit bottom of the pile with minus 26 points.

The club will be allowed to seek a review and if they do, the sanctions will be suspended pending the review's outcome.

"In effect, Saracens are kind of going "as long as we can find a way to make payments outside the salary cap we will carry on doing it and that will be fine".

"That is probably his reason for writing things so strongly". If that's what you're prepared to do, is there really a place for you in the Premiership?

"My opinion has to be: what are the Saracens going to do about it?"

"The club is pleased the panel acknowledged it did not deliberately attempt to breach the salary cap and steadfastly maintains that player co-investments do not constitute salary under the regulations".

Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw said there was no question Saracens were "cheating", and added other sports would have a bleak view of rugby as a result. As a sport we've got to take the damage that comes with that now. "We're often easy to criticise football and athletics about cheating".

The Heineken Champions Cup kicks off on Friday, 15 November with the Pool 5 clash of Gloucester and TOP 14 winners, Toulouse, at Kingsholm live on BT Sport, and the following day will see the continued free-to-air exposure of the tournament which has generated increased audiences in the United Kingdom and Ireland when Bath and Ulster meet at the Rec live on Channel 4 and Virgin Media, with the match also going out live on BT Sport.

"If you're asking me would I like to walk into Sandy Park and see three Premiership trophies there, I would love to".

"It's hard to drink".

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