Saracens 'will not appeal' 35-point penalty and £5.4m fine
Last Updated: 17/11/19 4:00pm
Saracens will not appeal against punishments imposed by Premiership Rugby for salary cap breaches, Sky Sports News understands.
The back-to-back Premiership champions and reigning European champions had initially announced their intention to appeal against what they deemed to be "heavy-handed" punishments, after they were given a 35-point penalty and £5.4m fine by Premiership Rugby.
But ahead of Monday's deadline to officially serve notice of appeal, Saracens are now poised to confirm they will not be doing so.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was asked ahead of Sunday's Champions Cup game against Racing 92 if the north London club were dropping their appeal, but refused to be drawn on the subject, saying: "Other people in the club are going to make that decision.
"As far as I know the deadline for that (the appeal) is tomorrow."
An independent panel, led by barrister Lord Dyson, found the club had failed to disclose payments to players in each of the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, and had also exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players.
No details have been revealed on the size of the undisclosed payments or the recipients but Premiership Rugby's investigations were thought to have centred around Wray's involvements in companies such as VunProp Ltd (Mako and Billy Vunipola), Faz Investments Ltd (Owen Farrell), Wiggy9 Ltd (Richard Wigglesworth) and MN Property Solutions Ltd (Maro Itoje).
The panel was established after a nine-month Premiership Rugby investigation led to charges being brought in June.
The panel upheld all the charges.