UPDATE: Investigation into Saracens salary cap takes new turn

Premiership Rugby’s enquiry into allegations that Saracens may have breached the salary cap has been escalated to an independent disciplinary panel.

Under the salary cap regulations, matters only get referred to the specialist disputes body Sport Resolutions when there is deemed to be a case to answer, including where there is a breach of over £350,000 or a club is guilty of failing to cooperate.

The Premiership launched an investigation in March into evidence uncovered by Sportsmail about co-investment arrangements between Saracens owner Nigel Wray and several star players, including Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Mako and Billy Vunipola.

According to Sportsmail, Premiership chairmen are keen for the review to be swiftly concluded ahead of the season’s start on October 18 and that the salary cap will be discussed at the upcoming PRL meeting on September 16.

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