Premiership officials have been turning up at clubs’ training grounds and questioning players in an effort to ensure that the salary cap is not being broken, according to the Daily Mail. The cap has long been a bone of contention between clubs, with some claiming that others must break it.
“They’re obviously trying to crack down on this,” said one player, who asked to remain anonymous. “There will be a few nervous guys out there.”
Officials have been questioning players on matters such as declared income, free housing, payments to family members and overseas investments. The salary cap is set at £4.25 million and is designed to level the playing field in the Premiership, but in recent years some in the game have expressed their concerns.
Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond was involved in a spat with his Leicester counterpart Richard Cockerill about it earlier this season, while winger Mark Cueto said last year: “There’s no way you can tell me that certain clubs in the Premiership are sticking to the salary cap. Not all, but I certainly think there’s a couple. We’ve all got friends at other clubs and we all know what sort of money players are on.”
Premiership Rugby director Phil Winstanley says these checks are all part of the process that is designed to increase vigilance on clubs.
“We have an independent auditor and a salary cap manager who goes around the clubs to pick out a couple of players,” said Winstanley. “That’s been happening for a couple of seasons now and it’s part of the ongoing audit and assessment process.”
“There are a lot of anecdotal comments about the salary cap, but until we’ve got evidence then there are no breaches. If we have any evidence, then there are significant sanctions in place.”
You can find out more about the salary cap here.
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