Many people have taken great delight at seeing the exclusive RugbyPass story about Saracens staring down the barrel of automatic relegation – and they have good reason to. 


Ever since the revelation in November that Saracens had breached the salary cap over the past three years and were subsequently fined £5.36million and deducted 35 Gallagher Premiership points, there have been calls for harsher punishments for what many fans believe to be outright cheating. 

The reigning European and English champions now have a matter of days to show that they are working within the salary cap for the current 2019/20 season or face expulsion from the league. 

This has meant that some players are expected to be released in order to free up the wage bill. A number of names have already been rumoured to be on the way out, which includes Liam Williams whose return to the Scarlets may now be fast tracked. 

This rather jubilant reaction from many opposing fans, who feel their clubs have been deprived of success during this period, was expected and is justified. 

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Saracens on brink of automatic relegation

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However, many people have also looked at this from the perspective of the players and staff at Saracens who could be in danger of losing their jobs. 

If players were to leave Saracens, either as a result of relegation or cutting costs, the bigger names will not suffer as they will be able to walk into any other team. 

The ones on the echelon below, however, along with staff members could be deprived of their livelihoods. 


Some people have also noted that the players would have been complicit in this and should therefore be held responsible as well. 

That is not a view held by everyone, though, as players would often go to whoever gives them the best offer, not only financially but from a playing perspective as well. 

The players did not orchestrate this, but some could pay the price, particularly if they lose their job midway through the season. 

While there is always the inherent risk that cuts will need to be made in the event of a team being relegated, this may be different from cases in the past and fans have spared a thought for the players.

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