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Premiership Rugby clubs to face relegation over salary cap breaches

Getty ImagesClubs in English rugby union's top-flight Premiership face being stripped of their titles for breaching salary cap regulations under increased powers recommended by an independent review. The review, led by former government minister Lord Myners, proposes greater flexibility for a disciplinary panel, also including the ability to demand stiffer fines, a return of prize money, and potential suspensions. Myners' report also recommends increasing transparency around disciplinary hearings and creating a fit and proper test for club owners breaching regulations.   RFU estimates Covid-19 will cost up to UK£50m through 2021The review follows last year’s punishment of Saracens for breaches of the salary cap and subsequent failure to provide proof of their immediate compliance to auditors. Saracens were docked 35 points and fined UK£5. 36 million (US$6.

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