“Most people are happy with the punishment”: Maro Itoje believes that the rugby world enjoys the demise of Saracens after relegation was confirmed due to breaches of the salary limit
- Locking Saracens Maro Itoje believes that the fate of the club has been warmly greeted
- Itoje spoke for the first time about relegation due to violation of the club’s salary limits
- The English international feels that English rugby has welcomed the fall from grace
Maro Itoje claimed that Saracens’ fall from grace has been welcomed in English rugby.
The 25-year-old lock in England was one of the players mentioned in the report in several breaches of the salary limit, and benefited from investments by former club chairman Nigel Wray.
Itoje said for the first time in public about the controversy: “Most people are happy with the punishment that Saracens have received.”
Maro Itoje believes that the rest of English rugby is pleased with the fall of Saracens from grace
Itoje spoke for the first time since the controversy surrounding salary limits emerged
He denied that he had any knowledge that the club was in breach of Premiership regulations, resulting in a fine of £ 5.4 million and automatic relegation at the end of this season after deducting 105 league points.
The guilty verdict led to a furious conviction from the club of rivals – especially Exeter – and Itoje added: “I understand what they say, where they come from and it is a situation that nobody really wanted or wanted.”
The 103-page report on Saracens’ cap offenses over three recent seasons was leaked before the names of individual players could be changed.
Itoje expressed frustration with his identification and said: ‘It was not ideal. It felt like an invasion of privacy. “
American sports have a policy where players’ wages are published with a view to transparency, but Itoje said: “I am sure it works in many different places, but believe it or not, when it comes to finances, I am quite a private.
‘At the individual level, I don’t want anyone or everyone to know exactly what I deserve.
Itoje (left) would not make clear whether he would stay with Saracens after their relegation
“Fortunately we are not civil servants, so I don’t think there is a real need for it. Of course there is a manager for salary limits and his job is to make sure that everything is as it should be. “
With Saracens facing a season in the RFU championship – the second tier of the domestic match – there is speculation about whether they will be able to retain all of their leading players.
The first indications were that the senior England contingent – including captain Owen Farrell of the national team – would probably remain, but Itoje would not disclose his plans.
“We talked to the club about what could possibly happen next year, what things will happen,” he said.
Saracens won the Premiership title in 2019, but have deducted 105 league points this year
‘Nothing has been completed yet. But Smally (Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall) said that if I stay in the championship, I can take drop goals – that’s kind of an incentive! It has yet to be confirmed. “
Jamie George, the whore of Saracens in England, was much more emphatic when asked if he intended to stay in the club where he came through the ranks and said, “That’s the plan, yes. We as players feel a responsibility to pay back to the club.
“These are very important times and we must ensure that we give back everything we can.”