Saracens a 'no-show' at Champions cup Launch
BREAKING NEWS: European Champions Cup winners Saracens could face further sanctions after they failed to send any representatives to the launch of this year’s tournament.
The defending champions Director of Rugby Mark McCall and captain Brad Barritt were scheduled for photo calls and media interviews in Cardiff and however both have not turned up.
Their ‘disappointing’ absence comes a day after the Premiership side were docked 35 points and fined over £5-million (US$6.5-million) for breaching the Premiership Rugby salary cap over several seasons.
European Professional Club Rugby released a statement on Saracens’ absence.
Full Statement below…
Meanwhile, on Tuesday Saracens boss Nigel Wray has promised to fight the heavy-handed treatment handed down to his club.
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The club said it was “shocked and disappointed” by the “heavy-handed” sanctions.
“The Club is pleased the panel acknowledged it did not deliberately attempt to breach the salary cap and steadfastly maintains that player co-investments does not constitute salary under the regulations,” the club said in a statement.
“This view is supported by independent legal and professional experts.
“The Club will continue to vigorously defend this position especially as PRL precedent already exists whereby co-investments have not been deemed part of salary in the regulations.”