SARACENS "will be relegated from the Premiership" at the end of the 2019-20 season due to salary cap breaches. 

Premiership Rugby has tonight confirmed the sanction with quotes attributed to new Sarries chairman Neil Golding appearing the accept the call. 

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An initial 35-point deduction and £5.4million fine for breaching the cap over the past three seasons left the reigning domestic and European champions bottom of the table despite winning as many matches as top two Exeter and Northampton.

But with speculation rife that the London club is heading for another overspend, "by as much as £2m” according to The Telegraph, the league has dished out the worst-case scenario. 

A statement read: "Premiership Rugby confirms that Saracens Rugby Club will be relegated from the Premiership at the end of the 2019-2020 season.

"This action follows the conclusion of dialogue between Premiership Rugby and Saracens over the club’s compliance with the salary cap regulations, which began in November 2019 after the club received a sanction in respect of breaches in past seasons.

"Following the decision, the club will continue to compete in Gallagher Premiership Rugby through to the end of the 2019-20 season."

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Within the statement, Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs said: "Premiership Rugby is prepared to take strong action to enforce the regulations governing fair competition between our clubs.

"At the conclusion of dialogue with Saracens about their compliance with the salary cap regulations, it has been decided that Saracens will be relegated at the end of this season.

"At the same as enforcing the existing regulations, we want to ensure a level playing field for all clubs in the future, which is why we have asked Lord Myners to carry out an independently-led review of the salary cap.

"As part of this process, we will soon be announcing an open consultation so that everyone involved in the game has the opportunity to contribute to its future.

"The actions that we have taken – dealing with breaches of the current regulations and reviewing the system for the future – will help us to build a stronger league and uphold the confidence of supporters."

New Sarries chief executive Ed Griffiths, who worked as a consultant at Warriors and was said to have been part of a consortium to take over at Sixways when the club was for sale, revealed Saracens would have to offload stars earlier this month.

Severance payments counting towards the cap and rivals spending up to the limit themselves seems set to stifle that measure.

Golding said: "As the new chairman of Saracens I acknowledge the club has made errors in the past and we unreservedly apologise for those mistakes.

"I and the rest of the board are committed to overseeing stringent new governance measures to ensure regulatory compliance going forward.’’

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