Reigning champions Saracens will be relegated from rugby union’s top division at the end of this season following salary cap breaches, Premiership Rugby have confirmed.

Sarries had already been deducted 35 points for this season’s Premiership campaign and fined £5.3m for three seasons’ spending above the cap.

Proof of immediate cap compliance was required to avoid further sanctions.

The club will finish this season before entering next term’s Championship.

“Premiership Rugby is prepared to take strong action to enforce the regulations governing fair competition between our clubs,” chief executive Darren Chillds said.

“At the conclusion of dialogue with Saracens about their compliance with the Salary Cap Regulations, it has been decided that Saracens will be relegated at the end of this season.

“At the same as enforcing the existing regulations, we want to ensure a level playing field for all clubs in the future, which is why we have asked Lord Myners to carry out an independently-led review of the Salary Cap.”

More to follow.

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