16 Mar 2022

By: Sport Industry Group

English rugby club Leicester Tigers has been fined over £300,000 for non-compliance with salary cap regulations, Premiership Rugby has announced.

It has been proven that Tigers failed to disclose numerous payments to image rights companies of the players. The investigation into these third-party payments uncovered a breach of the salary cap in the seasons spanning 2016/17 and 2019/20.

The sum of the fine was decided by the total 'overrun' they accrued across the four seasons of the breach. Tigers will be required to pay 50p for every £1 of overspend up to a ceiling of £50,000, with the full payment required for the rest. In addition to this, a further fine of £17,900 has been added for failing to declare payments for the 2020/21 season, despite there not being a breach of the cap. The total fines add up to £309,841.06.

The current Premiership leaders will be relieved to escape any sporting sanctions for the breach and will not suffer a points deduction, having overspent just below the limit that would've initiated a points deduction.

In comparison, second place Saracens were relegated in 2020 following a series of salary cap breaches that totalled over £2m across the 2016/7 and 2017/18 season.

Leicester Tigers chief executive, Andrea Pinchen, commented, "We accept the decision and the acknowledgement that there was no overrun in the most recent season of the review. We are thankful this matter has been concluded.”

Premiership Rugby salary cap director, Andrew Rogers, added, "Leicester Tigers have cooperated with my investigation and accepted the findings, which allows us to apply the sanctions detailed in the regulations.”


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