Premiership Rugby and Saracens have confirmed that the Londoners will not request a review of the decision by the independent disciplinary panel.
This means that the disciplinary process is at an end and the sanction on Saracens confirmed as:
- A total fine of £5,360,272.31
- A total deduction of 35 league points
Darren Childs, chief executive of Premiership Rugby, said: “We welcome Saracens’ decision to accept the verdict of the independent panel and are pleased the club has crucially reaffirmed its commitment to the Premiership Rugby salary cap.
“This is the right outcome for English club rugby. Bringing this process to a conclusion means that we can focus on working in partnership with all clubs to continue to build a competitive and successful league.”
For all of the huff and puff.
Saracens aren't going to appeal the panel's findings.
The fine, and points deduction, still stands.
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) November 17, 2019
Nigel Wray, Saracens’ chairman, said: “We have made mistakes and so, with humility, we must accept these penalties. As a club, we will now pull together and meet the challenges that lie ahead.
“We confirm our commitment to the salary cap, and the underlying principle of a level playing field, and will continue to work transparently with Premiership Rugby in this regard.”
The charges against Saracens, which relate to the seasons 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, were brought following a nine-month investigation by Premiership Rugby. In accordance with the salary cap regulations, the charges were referred to the independent dispute service, Sport Resolutions, which appointed a panel chaired by Lord Dyson.
The decision of the independent panel was to uphold all of the charges, finding that Saracens had both failed to disclose payments to players and exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players in each of the three seasons.