Saracens hit with 35 point deduction

Carrie Guzman
November 7, 2019

The reigning champions of England and Europe have been docked 35 points and fined £5.36million for exceeding the ceiling for payments to players in each of the past three seasons.

Former England captain Robshaw was scathing of his criticism of Saracens, saying the London club had dragged rugby union's reputation through the mud.

"On the back of an exceptional Rugby World Cup, stars of the global game are ready to lock horns on the continental stage and it's an exciting prospect to be underway next week".

I think it puts our sport in a very risky place. "If you're in sport and you get beaten fair and square that's fine, but then to find out that your opponents have actually cheated, it's not good". It is not a thing we pride ourselves on.

The punishment drops Saracens to the foot of the Premiership table ahead of their fourth game of the season on minus 26 points, leaving the squad facing an uphill battle to avoid relegation.

"This decision will have huge ramifications - not just for Saracens but for the Premiership as a whole". 'We look at their squad and it is a big squad of global players.

"It looks like it's started to be dealt with".

"I know the World Cup didn't finish as we would have liked but look at the high it brought the country".

"If this is upheld it's pretty obvious those titles have been won unfairly", Baxter said at the season-launch of the Heineken Champions Cup in Cardiff.

"I believe the way we played in the final past year would have beaten any other team in the Premiership..."

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"I believe the way we played in the final a year ago would have beaten any other team in the Premiership".

With all roads for the anniversary season leading to Marseille and the 2020 Finals weekend, it was announced that the Challenge Cup final at the Stade de Marseille on 22 May will kick off at 21.00 (local time) with the following day's Heineken Champions Cup showpiece getting underway at 17.45 (local time).

Exeter chief executive Tony Rowe has suggested Saracens should be relegated from the Premiership and Baxter said he can understand where he was coming from.

Exeter were forced to let Argentina back Santiago Cordero and home-grown forward Tom Lawday leave the club in the summer as they could not afford to keep them and comply with the salary cap.

"That is what we are supposed to have signed up to agree to".

"Well straight away, I think your concern is going to be: So what are you going to do, you are going to move on from this by finding another way of doing it that's outside the wording of the salary cap". You want to continue to making payments outside the salary cap.

Saracens could face punishment from EPCR for not attending the launch event in Cardiff, having committed McCall and Barritt to represent the club.

Issuing a statement, the club emphasised its "shocked and disappointed" by the sanction, it said: "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".

"EPCR will now consider what action is appropriate in this case and will not comment further at this time".

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