Saracens accept relegation and apologise but fans feel ‘heartbroken and cheated’

Saracens have apologised and accepted the decision to relegate them from the Gallagher Premiership for their breach of salary cap regulations.

The huge blow to the giants of English rugby came yesterday and the club have now released a statement.

“The board of Saracens wishes to unreservedly apologise for the mistakes made in relation to the salary cap regulations.

“Our goal is to rebuild confidence and trust. The first step was to appoint a new independent chairman to lead on governance reform ensuring errors of the past are not replicated in the future.

“Furthermore, following open and frank discussions with PRL, we have accepted the unprecedented measure of automatic relegation from the Premiership at the end of the 2019-2020 season.

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“We understand this decision will be difficult for the Saracens family to accept. The Board must embody the values of the club, learn from its mistakes so the Club can come back stronger.

“It is in the wider interests of the Premiership and English rugby to take this decisive step, to ensure everybody is able once again to focus on the game of rugby, which we all love.

“We hope that we can now start to move forward, begin to restore confidence and over time, rebuild trust with PRL, its stakeholders and the wider rugby community.”

Fans made their feelings known to the club on Twitter, though.

One said: At the moment I am heartbroken. Heartbroken for the players, heartbroken for my fellow supporters & just heartbroken for everyone at the club.

Another put: You forgot to add sorry to all our fans and other clubs we have cheated.

And a third wrote: Been following Saracens for 20-odd years and suffered the disappointments at Vicarage Road. This is a sad state of affairs that can only have come from mismanagement and incompetence. Players and fans will now suffer from this humiliation”.

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