& # 39; I'm really interested for obvious reasons & # 39 ;: Steven Gerrard wants to see how Premier League punishes Manchester City for FFP violations amid suggestions that they could leave the 2014 title dismantle – the year Liverpool hero handed the trophy
The reigning champions were shocked by a two-year champion League ban imposed by UEFA following infringements of Financial Fair Play, and the Premier League could also act retroactively after a separate investigation.
And the Rangers boss revealed that he was interested in how the situation could unfold, with City set t on appeal their prohibition at the Court of Arbitration for Sport – and the Premier League may later decide to deduct points from previous seasons.
"I read that myself this morning," Gerrard said. & # 39; We will wait and see. From a UEFA point of view, it is a really powerful punishment.
"I am sure they will appeal, so we will wait and see what the outcome will be. Then we will see if the Premier League is acting from there.
& I will give you a response as soon as I know the Premier League decides to do this. But if you look at the severity of UEFA's punishment, something went wrong. So I am really interested to see the result. Until I get the Premier League penalty, I will not comment. But I'm really, really interested in it … for obvious reasons. & # 39;
"They are all buts. It is what it is. Manchester City was the champion. While sitting here now, congratulations to them. They are champions.
"Until things evolve, when they evolve, they are all buts. I have nothing to say about this. I am just saying that I am very interested because of the seriousness of what UEFA has published there. That tells me that something went very wrong. We will see how that progresses. & # 39;
The 2014 race is known for its countless turns, with Liverpool at the top of the standings to a weak defeat against the weakened Chelsea side of Jose Mourinho at Anfield.
Gerrards slip in half of Liverpool proved costly, with Demba Ba racing by undisputedly to slide the opener home – and Willian led to wild parties of the traveling contingent after he took the win deep in the second half of the rest time.
But the glorious moment of City could be stripped of financial infractions, with the Premier League rulebook allowing a commission to deduct points afterwards.
This would affect the finishes of City in the relevant seasons, which appear to be from 2012 to 2016.
The & # 39; continuous, blatant and reckless failure & # 39; of Saracens to comply with the Premiership salary cap was finally revealed when the report was published in their ongoing breaches.
The verdict of 103 pages is now free to read and it shows that Saracens have been around £ 2.1 million over the last three seasons.
Payments from former chairman Nigel Wray to players amounted to £ 1.3 million, and although the report has been edited to remove players' names, Sportsmail Maro Itoje Richard Wigglesworth, Chris Ashton and the Vunipola brothers are all involved.
England captain Owen Farrell is not mentioned once. As a & # 39; selection frame & # 39; Farrell's salary does not count for £ 7 million a year, so the club can pay him what they want.
As Unveiled by Sportsmail in March, Wray co-investments came in the form of loans to purchase real estate, high image rights and large additional costs through an event company. The Judicial Panel decided that everything should have been counted as a salary.
The report, which until Thursday was only read by a handful of club directors and PRL bosses, was finally released to the public on another extraordinary day when:
- PRL was warned that they could be brought before a select committee of the Lower House to explain their outrageous handling of the harmful situation in Saracens.
- ] Sports Minister Nigel Adams supported last week's decision to banish five-time domestic champions.
- PRL started an investigation into how an unedited version of the report was leaked to Sky News.
- Retired Sarries Chairman Wray gave a & # 39; statement & # 39; of his co-investments and apologized to the fans of the club for the & # 39; heartache & # 39; that he caused because of his & # 39; thoughtless & # 39; approach to the cap.
The damning report concluded that Saracens & # 39; infringements & # 39; very serious & # 39; were, in & # 39; very large amounts of & # 39; and they showed & # 39; continuous, blatant and reckless non-compliance & # 39; with investigation into salary cap manager Andrew Rogers.
The infringements, which amounted to £ 1.13 million in 2016-17, £ 98,000 in 2017-18 and £ 906,000 in 2018-19, were not considered intentional, but due to the fact that the club had no significant thoughts about the risk or possibility of breaking the rules. & # 39;
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There is no suggestion that players should accused, or that they would have known that their arrangements had violated the salary ceiling. PRL and the Rugby Players & # 39; Association are furious that the names of the players involved are now in the public domain and the first investigations.
Despite the fact that they have countless opportunities to check that they were compliant and work with Rogers on a regular basis, the report describes how Saracens & # 39; fragmented & # 39; and & # 39; incomplete & # 39; provided evidence.
Saracens has repeatedly questioned Rogers' judgments, but – crucially – the report says: arrangements are designed to offer extra rewards for playing for Saracens. A joint and deliberate attempt has been made to create structures that supposedly take that pay outside the scope of salary for the purposes of regulation. & # 39;
The report also confirms that Saracens were investigated in 2014-15 for possible salary cap misdemeanors. They came to a confidential arrangement and were shown what the report refers to as a & # 39; yellow card & # 39; which made their subsequent infringements all the more unpleasant.
According to the report, Saracens & # 39; s failure to cooperate with Mr. Rogers and ask for clarification was serious, especially in light of events prior to the 2015 & # 39; settlement.
It seems that Wray & # 39; s association with his players was at best random, with some arrangements not well documented.
As As ] Sportsmail reported on Thursday, Itoje, 25, is a key figure. In 2016-17, the lock in England was paid £ 95,000 over a three-year period by the hospitality company with strong ties to Saracens – MBN Events – run by its daughter Lucy van Nigel Wray.
Saracens did not fully disclose these agreements, it was seen that there was no written contract, and when the club did not provide sufficient evidence that Itoje attended the events, the report says.
While Saracens apologized for supervision, it was decided to classify these payments as salary and Itoje & # 39; s fees & # 39; exceeded the market value of the services he provides & # 39 ;.
Wray and some fellow directors invested £ 450,000 with Mako and Billy Vunipola, £ 220,000 with scrum-half Wigglesworth and £ 253,000 with Itoje. The Vunipolas company bought a house, 66 percent funded by the brothers and 33 percent through an interest-free loan from Wray. Wray also borrowed renovation costs, interest-free.
In 2017-18, Ashton paid 80 percent for a £ 1.35 million home, while Wray and another director paid the other 20 percent and helped with other costs. A renovation of £ 230,000 was split between the three parties in proportion to their percentages.
These schemes meant that £ 320,000 should have been counted as a salary because it was an advantage that Ashton would not have been able to get & # 39; , according to the judgment.
Finally in 2018-19 – last season – Itoje would have been involved again. Wray and two directors paid £ 1.6 million for a 30 percent stake in Itoje & # 39; s image rights company based on a valuation by professional service provider giant PwC.
But the panel concluded that the shares were worth £ 800,000 on the basis of a separate valuation by another company, and Saracens paid too much so that they would pay Itoje in & # 39; normal & # 39; pay – what they thought was counted to the limit.
With all this now in the open, Wray said in a long-winded statement: "I am truly sorry for the sadness I have caused you because of my thoughtless approach to compliance compliance." salary limit.
& # 39; My intention with co-investments has always been to support players who play outside of their careers. I take full responsibility. We should have been much better. & # 39;
Premiership CEO Darren Childs added: & # 39; Now that everyone can see the details, the decision will show that Premiership Rugby has taken strong action to enforce the regulations. & # 39;
Premiership Rugby to publish full report on breaches of salary limits of Saracens that led to relegation
- Saracens will be degraded for premiership for breaches of wage margin
- ] To date, Premiership Rugby has not published the official report
- Saracens have insisted that they are happy that it is published
Premiership Rugby have confirmed that they will submit their disciplinary report publish in Saracens & # 39; salary limit violations after the club insisted they were happy to be disclosed.
Premiership Rugby announced last weekend that the ruling English and European champions will be banned from the Premiership at the end of this season in response to their non-compliance with the salary limit regulations for the current campaign.
They received 35 league points and were fined £ 5.36 million in November for breaking the salary limit in the 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 seasons, but the file for an investigation led by Lord Dyson to those infringements has not yet been released.
Speaking on Tuesday, Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs said that Saracens should agree to publish the report.
& # 39; It would agree with Saracens that they have withheld for us to publish, & said Childs. "We cannot publish it without their approval."
But in a message to supporters published on the official website of Saracens, the club president Neil Golding said: "Regarding the publication of the full report of the disciplinary panel, I am surprised by the suggestion that Saracens object to the publication of the report.
& # 39; Since my appointment on January 9, I have spent a lot of time in discussions with PRL (Premiership Rugby Limited) and no one has asked my opinion about this
& # 39; In confirmation we would like the report to be fully published and I pointed this out to PRL earlier today, it will provide much needed context and clarity. & # 39;
& # 39; It would be reasonable to say that other PRL stakeholders were skeptical about our compliance with such an audit.
& # 39; We have carefully considered the option of a full audit.
& # 39; However, that would inevitably involve a long period of more financial and emotional burden, and this in turn meant that this was not a viable option for us.
& # 39; We therefore agree with PRL on relegation in the hope that we could draw a line among the mistakes made by Saracens regarding compliance and focus on setting up our new robust procedures. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the Premiership Rugby said the preparations would now begin with the release of the decision document.
& # 39; Premiership Rugby welc omes Saracens & # 39; decides to withdraw his earlier objection to the publication of Lord Dyson's decision, & # 39; said the spokesman.
& # 39; These objections were expressed by the lawyers in the strongest terms and in writing on behalf of the club.
"We believe that the publication of the decision regarding Saracens & # 39; earlier breaches of the salary limit is an important step towards maintaining confidence in our enforcement of the regulations and the disciplinary process.
"We will now begin preparations for the release of the decision. Further details will be provided in the coming days. & # 39;
& # 39; Figures are incorrect & # 39 ;: LaLiga boss Javier Tebas calls on UEFA to punish Manchester City for alleged infringements of the Financial Fair Play
- Manchester City becomes investigated by UEFA about Financial Fair Play infringement
- LaLiga president Javier Tebas wants the Premier League club to be severely punished
- Thebes stood that both Man City and Paris Saint-Germain had questions to answe
Manchester City must be punished by UEFA for financial & # 39; doping & # 39; because their & # 39; figures are incorrect & # 39 ;, LaLiga president Javier Tebas has repeated.
Tebas has previously accused City and Paris Saint-Germain of & # 39; ruin the entire system & called for them to be thrown out of the European league.
City is currently being investigated for possible violations of the rules of Financial Fair Play, with the threat of Champions League expulsion still being a possibility.
They are ready to play in next year's competition, even while awaiting their fate, but, speaking ahead of those developments, Tebas claimed: & # 39; Of course, a sanction must be imposed … I know the numbers from Manchester City, where their income comes from, and those numbers don't match to a certain extent. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; One of the most important problems in European football is related to (financial) doping. Because if we have clubs that are funded by states, that has an impact on salaries. & # 39;
Both Abu-Dhabi-managed City and Qatari-supported PSG have been examined with regard to FFP rules, which are designed to prevent clubs from spending more than their means.
& # 39; I think in some cases (UEFA) some FFP cases have been handled appropriately and for that they have to be congratulated, but there are two specific cases, Manchester City and PSG, which I believe not be handled correctly, & Tebas said.
& # 39; That is not only my opinion, it is also members of the UEFA financial committee who thought it was a good idea to case reopen. & # 39;
At the launch of LaLigaTV, Tebas also accused UEFA of not enforcing & # 39; of compliance.
PSG was freed from misconduct in 2018, but City was referred to UEFA's Club Financial Control Body after allegations they blew up the value of a sponsorship deal in what was claimed as an attempt to enforce FFP rules bypass and mislead.
City strongly denies the accusations.
Both she and UEFA refused to comment.
LaLigaTV, the special 24/7 channel with all LaLiga competitions, is available for SKY residential and commercial subscribers on Channel 435 and Virgin TV customers on Channel 554 via Premier Sports.
New premiership boss insists that clubs can be banned AND titles can be stripped if they are found guilty in the future of a salary break in Saracens style
- Saracens got a fine of £ 5.36 million and 35 points docked for a violation of the salary limit
- But the rules did not allow the Premiership to strip them of their titles
- Darren Childs, the new Premiership Rugby CEO said it could change | Premiership rugby clubs are degraded and stripped of titles as they are are guilty of a leak in Saracens-like salary, according to the new chief executive of the competition.
Saracens were fined £ 5.36 million in November and recorded 35 points after a Sportsmail survey revealed the English and European champions had violated the competition's salary limit in the past three seasons.
Premiership rules did not allow their two league crowns to be removed at the time.Teams can be stripped of titles for Saracens-like salary ceiling violations in the future
But Darren Childs, who became Premiership Rugby CEO in September, told BBC Sport : & # 39; It is definitely a possibility that serious violations in the future could be things like relegation and withdrawal of titles that
& # 39; We must ensure that we do not return to this position, whether by ambiguity or deliberate. & # 39;
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray, whose investment activities with star players, including Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, formed the basis of the Premiership Rugby investigation, left the club last week and was replaced by Neil Golding on Thursday.
Childs added: & We have taken decisive action against infringements from previous seasons and it really feels, with what is going on with Saracens, that this can really be seen as a turning point for the competition . It is a very important time. & # 39;Darren Childs, who became Premiership Rugby CEO in September, the change discussed
Saracens are allowed to release England's George Cross lock to Japan to lower the wage bill after breaching salary limits
- George Cross is considered a career move to the Far East [19459007
Saracens have the option of the English lock George Cross discussed an end of the season moving to Japan as part of the club's urgent efforts to reduce their labor costs.
A decade after his debut for the club, the 29-year-old The Old Lion from Guildford is considered a career move to the Far East, which was there for the World Cup last fall. Saracens & # 39; drive to comply with the Premiership salary cap regulations, after being found guilty of multiple breaches.Saracens can allow George Kruis to leave the club leave in an effort to significantly reduce their wage wage bill
Sportsmail reported that Wales full-back Liam Williams rejoined the Scarlets by the end of this month and that other players in the Mark McCall team are likely to be fired urgently, the Saracens are trying to reach the £ 7 million spending limit by June.
There are not yet offered from Japan for Kruis, but the idea of a move has been put forward there, although it would mean that the renowned specialist lineout is no longer available for test selection.
It is understood that several rival English clubs have already contacted the champions to ask which players can be made available for transfers.
While most clubs work close to the cap, there is dispensation within the cap to make short-term signing sessions to cover injuries.Wales full-back Liam Williams is set to become a member of the Scarlets at the end of this month
& # 39; We want to bring certainty as quickly as possible & # 39 ;: Saracens interim CEO Edward Griffiths admits that stars may leave after the salary limit scandal
- Edward Griffiths is returned to Saracens as CEO after Nigel Wray's retirement be split to meet salary limit limits
- The club currently has eight senior English players in their first squadron team
- The AIU monitors integrity issues in global athletics, including doping
- Costs in connection with an investigation into the Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko
- His neutral athlete was withdrawn due to lack of information on whereabouts
- The AIU said officials were charged with obstructing an investigation
- Saracens receive £ 5.4 million fine and 35-point fine deduction for salary cap infringements
- Initially the club had made it clear that they wanted to ask for a review of the decision
- They were set to come accept penalties from Monday's review deadline
Interim Saracens Chief Executive Edward Griffiths has admitted that star players can leave the club after deducting 35 points and a £ 5.3 million fine for breaking the salary limit.
Following the retirement of Chairman Nigel Wray, Edward Griffiths returned to Saracens who previously served as CEO between 2008 and 2015 and leads a & # 39; scoping exercise & # 39; to ensure that the club meets future regulations.
Full-back Liam Williams has already confirmed his departure to return to Wales, while other major players can follow him out the door at the end of this season.Edward Griffiths returned to Saracens as his interim chief executive officer
& # 39; It's too early to say what we will do, but anyone who runs a business or an organization that needs to reduce their salary bill for any reason has two basic choices, "Griffiths told BBC Sport.
"the main count and the other would be for people to take a pay cut. Now I'm not saying that both are needed, but those are the two options or the combination of the two. & # 39;Saracens were fined of £ 5.4 million and 35-point deduction for breaches of salary limit rules
Saracens had eight players England & # 39; s World Cup final team, including Mako and Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell .
The club hopes to appoint an independent chairman soon with the bottom team of the Premiership on -7 points.England stars like Jamie George (L), Owen Farrell (C) and Mako Vunipola (R) may leave
& # 39; It is clearly a difficult time for the club and we want to bring security as quickly as possible, & # 39, said Griffiths.
& # 39; I think the first step is really to unambiguously show that we are working within the salary limit in the current season, in the 2019-2020 season, and that is really a two-level challenge. It is a challenge with spreadsheets and calculators and the numbers, but it is also a challenge in terms of perception.
& # 39; The uncertainty is useless within the club and in the league and, in fact, English rugby in general.
& # 39; So we want to try to draw a line as quickly as possible, but we must also bear in mind that these measures may concern individuals and that we must be sensitive to their needs and ensure that they are done correctly. So we want to move with speed, but also with care. & # 39;
President of the Russian Job and Field Federation and six officials suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit for serious violations of anti-doping rules
Federations of the Russian Federation are charged with obstructing of an investigation into the failure of the residence by high jumper Danil Lysenko.
The Athletics Integrity Unit announced on Thursday that RusAf reportedly & # 39; serious breaches & # 39; to the anti- doping rules, and that officials & # 39; had been involved in providing false statements and forged documents & # 39; at the AIU.
The AIU said that a number of officials, including RusAf President Dmitry Shlyakhtin, along with the athlete and his coach had been charged with tampering and / or complicity under the anti-doping rules and suspended for the time being.Dmitry Shlyakhtin was suspended on suspicion of impeding an anti-doping test
The cartoons have RUSADA.
Lysenko, 22, won a silver medal when he participated as a neutral athlete at the 2017 World Championships in London, with the Russian Federation suspended by the IAAF world government since November 2015.
Lysenko & # 39; s neutral athlete was withdrawn by the IAAF last year for not providing information about the whereabouts.The & # 39; serious offenses & # 39; relate to the case of a top high jumper Danil Lysenko (above)
RusAf has until December 12 to respond to the cartoons.
Lysenko was informed of his third whereabouts error on 25 June 2018. missed tests and / or submission of errors within a 12-month period a violation of the anti-doping rules.
An AIU investigation concluded that the statements Lysenko made for his whereabouts errors were false and were supported by falsified documents, which subsequently led to a follow-up probe.Lysenko & # 39; s neutral athlete was withdrawn due to lack of whereabouts information
The AIU then interviewed 22 witnesses between April and November this year, and conducted extensive digital forensic analysis and translated more than 7,000 documents from Russian to English
The cartoons are yet another setback for the reputation of the Russian sport. The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency will consider a formal recommendation of its Independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) on RUSADA on December 9.
The CRC is expected to recommend that RUSADA be declared non-compliant with anti-doping regulations on & # 39; inconsistencies & # 39; in laboratory data obtained under the conditions of the restoration of Russia in September 2018.
If the executive committee endorses that recommendation, this can ultimately lead to serious sanctions imposed by the Court of Arbitration for sport, including the exclusion of Russia from participating in or hosting international sporting events.
Saracens make dramatic u-turn and accept £ 5.4 million fine and 35-point deduction for breach of salary limits
Saracens were set to pay the fine of 35 points accepting a £ 5.4 million fine for a breach of the salary limit, allegedly a dramatic turnaround in the last few days about whether they will review the judgment.
The club had been downright this week contesting the unprecedented sanctions of the independent panel, despite the suggestions from director of rugby Mark McCall on Wednesday that another decision was still made
that they have now chosen not to look ahead to an assessment of Monday's deadline to do so, according to reports in the Sunday Times.Saracens received a fine of £ 5, 4 million and deduction of 35 points for breaches of salary limit rules
Some club presidents had chosen not to speak pending an assessment, so if the sanctions are now accepted, this could open the locks for even more criticism and fallout than has already come in the last two
Saracens have not shared such a decision with strategic communications company FTI Consulting, despite hiring the city-based company to help with navigating through the salary limit scandal.
Indeed, when the reports emerged that the club would not judge, representatives of the company were un able to respond.Owner Nigel Wray had initially claimed that the club would ask for a review, but this now seems unlikely
Saracens had responded to the QC-led panel's decision to describe the sanctions as & # 39; harsh & # 39 ;, and both the club and owner Nigel Wray made statements that they & # 39; attractive & # 39; would be.
The scope for such a challenge, however, is limited and strictly speaking is an assessment rather than an appeal, meaning that the evidence is not transferred a second time.
Within regulations, an assessment can only be based on a legal error, the decision is irrational or that there has been some procedural unfairness. & # 39;
UEFA investigators refer Manchester City to a courtroom about alleged FFP violations while continuing to insist on the ban on the Champions League
European football governing body looking for punishment above FFP violations
The investigation chamber of the UEFA Financial Control Committee has spent months investigating evidence first discovered in a series of leaks and was reported last year by the German publication Der Spiegel.
And according to a report in the New York Times on Monday evening, a meeting ended two weeks ago at UEFA's Swiss headquarters with the desire to seek at least one seasonal ban<img id = "i-65b46927359c1c38" src = "https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/16/09/13564270-7035733-image-a-18_1557994885516.jpg" height = "423" width = "634" alt = "<img id =" i-65b46927359c1c38 "src =" https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/16/09/13564270-7035733 -image-a-18_1557994885516.jpg "height =" 423 "width =" 634 "alt =" UEFA has referred Manchester City to the jury room of the Club Financial Control Body "
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The Investigation Office Chamber of the Financial Control Body
Leader, former Prime Minister of Belgium, Yves Leterme, had the final say on each submission in a separate room and now has it given green light.
City fined £ 49 million and restrictions on transfer expenses and their Champions League squad after FFP violations were originally investigated in 2014, and UEFA started a new probe after further allegations over the same period in German publication were done Der Spiegel last year.
& # 39; The Principal Investigator of the Club's Financial Control Authority (CFCB), after consulting the other members of the CFCB's Independent Investigation Chamber, decided to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB Court .
& # 39; The CFCB's investigation room had opened an investigation into Manchester City FC on March 7, 2019 for possible violations of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations that were announced in various media
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The Swiss headquarters of the UEFA are fighting for a ban on one season of the Champions League from the Champions League
A club statement read: & # 39; Manchester City Football Club is disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral by the CFCB IC Chief Investigator Yves Leterme.
& # 39; Manchester City is fully convinced of a positive outcome if the case is considered by an independent court.
& # 39; The charge of financial
& # 39; The decision contains errors, misinterpretations and confusions that basically stem from a fundamental lack of a fair trial and remain there long-standing unresolved issues raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the Club has found as a completely unsatisfactory, shortened and hostile process. & # 39;