Teams could be deducted 50 points as an entry level punishment and automatically relegated for breaches of the salary cap, Premiership Rugby are set to reveal.
The organisation is bringing in their new salary cap regulations in light of the Saracens scandal that rocked English rugby as the league looks to come down harder on those that seek to break protocols.
Saracens were fined £5.6 million and deducted a total of 105 points last season as a result of three years of breaching the cap.
The new regulations will see Premiership Rugby now have the power to deduct 50 points at an entry level, with discretion to increase or decrease as they see fit.
As well as issue ‘severe financial penalties’ the organisation can now relegate a club, remove titles and trophies and order a club to return prize money.
Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Darren Childs said: “The strong endorsement of the salary cap in the November 2019, of the Independent Panel decision led by Lord Dyson, presented us with a perfect springboard to undertake an independently-led review into the Cap in order further strengthen the system.
“This review, carried out by Lord Myners included substantial public consultation, and game-wide interviews helping us to put in place the right set of powers, obligations and sanctions for the long-term benefit of the sport.
“I am immensely grateful to Lord Myners for his thorough, diligent and robust approach to conducting this review. The result is a world-leading system with extensive investigatory powers and appropriately robust sanctions. I would also like to express my thanks to the RPA for their open and collaborative approach towards the development of the new PRL Salary Cap Regulations, which now include a clear role of each Player in supporting the system, and also the RFU for their support in the process and engagement with Lord Myners.”
Lord Myners, CBE said: “I’m delighted to see that my recommendations from the Review I carried out earlier this year have been adopted by Premiership Rugby, and enshrined in their new Salary Cap Regulations. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this review and found the public consultation exercise enlightening. The Regulations had already been given a seal of approval by Lord Dyson so my review was about further strengthening and updating the regulations so they carried even more force for the new season and beyond. I now believe Premiership Rugby have a gold-standard framework which will inform not those in rugby but in the wider sporting world.”
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