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Saracens To Appeal 35 Point Deduction And £5m Fine

The punishment was handed out after the club were found to be in breach of salary cap rules.

English Premiership club Saracens have said they will appeal what they've called a 'devastating' decision. 

The current European champions were handed a massive 35 point deduction and fined 5 million pounds for salary cap irregularities today.

The punishment comes after an investigation found they exceeded the 7 million pound limit by more than 650-thousand pounds. 

An Independent Panel ruled that Saracens failed to disclose payments to players over the previous three seasons.

The 35-point sanction represents the maximum under the regulations and would mean they're immediately pitched into a struggle against relegation if it is upheld. 

In a statement this afternoon, owner Nigel Wray said they felt like the rug was being completely pulled out from under their feet and that they will appeal all findings.

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