Premiership Rugby revamps salary cap policing
October 8, 2013
The teams in the Premiership will face a new method of investigation into any potential salary cap breaches © Getty Images
The modernisation of the salary cap
Premiership Rugby (PRL) has moved to shore up its policing of the salary cap by introducing "a new, more transparent, monitoring and investigation system".
The news comes days after Sale winger Mark Cueto suggested teams were finding a way around the salary cap and that it was "blatantly obvious" some sides in the Aviva Premiership were spending more than the £4.26m restrictions.
Following Tuesday's announcement, PRL can now delve into club's finances using "independent experts" if they suspect a team of breaking the confines of the salary cap. This will work alongside their annual salary cap audit.
If teams are suspected of breaking the cap, they will be hauled in by PRL and will be "subject to a confidential disciplinary hearing with the sanction of both a points deduction and fine available. Any breach and the sanction will be made public."
This disciplinary process will be run by a company named Sport Resolutions UK. At present the salary cap stands at £4.26m but teams are allowed marquee player who is excluded from the cap. They are also given £240,000 worth of academy credits and leeway for one injury replacement.
And PRL's rugby director Phil Winstanley has reiterated the importance of the salary cap. He said: "It was inevitable that as the game develops we would conduct a review of the salary cap.
"The introduction in football of UEFA's Financial Fair Play and the Premier League clubs' new financial regulations, together with salary caps in rugby league, county cricket, and in rugby union with France's Top 14 and the Welsh Regions, all demonstrating how European sport has recently grasped the importance of controlling costs and long-term financial sustainability."
In addition to the new measures, PRL has also set up a hotline for anyone who wishes to present information relating to a breach of salary cap - email@example.com or call 07583 826343.
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