Premiership Champions Saracens have announced that they will not be appealing their fine and point deduction after breaching the salary cap.

The ‘Sarries’ have received a 35-point deduction and have been fined £5.36m. The deduction leaves the Rugby giants on -22 points after four games and sees them drop from third to bottom. The punishments come after an inquiry into the clubs finances revealed a failure to disclose player payments in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

After initially insisting they would appeal Mark McCall’s side have accepted the decision and want to draw a line under the affair.

What’s next for Saracens?

Currently 26 points adrift at the bottom of the table and 32 points off the European Champions Cup places the Sarries have a mountain to climb. They also started their Champions Cup defence this weekend, which ended in defeat to Racing 92. They will hope to rectify this loss when they face the Ospreys on Saturday. In terms of Premiership Rugby, they will have to wait until they host Bath next Friday to start chipping away at their negative points tally.


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