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Down you go.
Premiership Rugby confirmed earlier this month that Saracens will be relegated at the end of the 2019-2020 season following their most recent breach of the salary cap.
The current holders of the competition were hit with a 35 point deduction and a fine in excess of £5 million last year for breaching the cap in each of the last three seasons. But when it was discovered they would be over once again at the end of this season drastic measures were then taken, with the club to be relegated.
Since then, Premiership Rugby has engaged in dialogue with the RFU. Following this consultation and in order to provide clarity for clubs and supporters, Premiership Rugby has now confirmed that:
• The Premiership Rugby Salary Cap Regulations have been amended with the unanimous approval of our clubs. The amended Regulations are 4.9d and 14.8 and are available at www.premiershiprugby.com/salarycap.
• A further deduction of 70 points has been imposed on Saracens in the current season. This sanction is in addition to the separate deduction of 35 points imposed in November 2019 for breaches of the salary cap in previous seasons.
• The 70-point deduction ensures that Saracens will end the current season in 12th position.
• The Premiership Rugby table has now been updated in accordance with the deduction leaving Saracens on -77 points as things stand.
Following the announcement their interim chief executive, Edward Griffiths, resigned with immediate effect less than a month into the job. Griffiths returned to the club in early January, having spent six years in the role up to 2015. He was initially appointed for 12 months but has lasted just 26 days.