Cheating money "as bad as doping"! Former Saracens director of rugby Steve Diamond says the Premiership club should be punished if found guilty
- Premiership Rugby explores the financial transactions of Saracens
- Sportsmail reveals owner Nigel Wray has partnerships with various players
- Alleged violations of the savings ceilings by two clubs in 2015 were swept under the carpet
The rivals of the premieres of Saracens are doing everything they can to punish the champions if they are found guilty of breaking the salary limit.
Premiership Rugby (PRL) launched an investigation last week after Sportsmail announced that Saracens owner Nigel Wray had a business partnership with some of his club's leading players, enabling him to increase his revenue. Finally, PRL confirmed that they had no prior knowledge of such arrangements and that they were investigating the matter.
A report in the Rugby Paper on Sunday claimed that other Premiership clubs are determined to provide appropriate sanctions if there is a guilty verdict after alleged violations by two clubs were swept under the carpet in 2015.
Saracens are confronted with major sanctions for a possible violation of legislation on wages
Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond has talked about what many in the competition regard as blatant cheating, which has been ignored for too long.
& # 39; If there is a violation, the penalties in force must take effect & # 39 ;, Diamond told Sportsmail.
Those penalties include heavy fines or even points at stake, but they have not been applied in the past and Diamond said: & # 39; It is hard enough to get to the cap without parties going beyond that. How can we catch them? It is not a fair playing field, right?
& # 39; If we spend another £ 2.5 million on the cap plus marquee players, we place seven internationals on top of the team I have and I won't lose any of my senior players. We must have a chance to be in the top four – if everyone obeys the rules. & # 39;
Owner Nigel Wray joined forces with players such as Mako and Billy Vunipola
Many involved in the elite club game will no longer accept that cap infringements are inevitable.
The recent financing by CVC, a private equity company, can be another factor in what is widely seen as a long-standing cleaning operation.
Diamond, who was Saracens director of rugby from 2004 to 2006, added: & # 39; I have always called it from the rooftops, but with Ian Ritchie on my way now Premiership Rugby (as chairman) and the huge investment from CVC, you cannot have acts that are private.
& # 39; It is unfair. Cheating on the salary limit is the same as taking performance-enhancing drugs. It's just another way to beat the opposition.
Players including stars from England, Owen Farrell (photo), also joined forces with Wray
& # 39; There are forensic accountants in these jobs and when they do, they get caught. Whether they are or not is another matter. & # 39;
Sales welcomes Chris Ashton for the semi-final of the European Challenge Cup in La Rochelle on Saturday.
The English wing got a calf strain in the training of the national team and since the start in Twickenham against France on February 10 no longer played.
Diamond said: & # 39; He only plays in nine games this season, so it's good to have him back for the game this weekend.
& # 39; He adds a lot, he has a lot of experience, he talks a lot and he is very popular. & # 39;
Bath announced yesterday that director of rugby Todd Blackadder will resign at the end of this season – a year earlier than planned – to take on a coaching role in Japan.
The West Country club plans to replace Blackadder with former captain Stuart Hooper, while the scrum coach from England and former badguard Goal Neal Hatley will return after the World Cup this year.