Danny Care calls for Saracens to be RELEGATED after 'cheating'

‘People lose their jobs because they’re not performing… everyone’s saying “why aren’t we as good as Saracens?”‘: England star Danny Care calls for champions to be RELEGATED after ‘cheating’ by breaking the salary cap

  • Saracens have been docked 35 points and fined £5m for breaching salary cap
  • Inquiry ruled that player investment schemes breached regulations
  • Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care has called on Saracens to be relegated 

Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care has called for Saracens to be relegated to the Championship after they were found to have been breaching Premiership salary cap rules for the past three seasons.

Saracens were docked 35 points and fined £5million this week after an investigation into their finances found that investment deals between players and chairman Nigel Wray had breach regulations.

And Care, who has won 82 caps for England, called for Saracens to spend as long in the second tier as they have been breaking the rules for.

Saracens lift the Premiership title in June – their fourth triumph in the past five seasons

‘Stick them in the Championship for that long and see if their players stay and want to play for them,’ Care told the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

‘I hopefully speak for every other player in the Premiership, I know for everyone at Harlequins, that everyone kind of knows this has been going on for years and no-one’s ever been able to say anything about it,’ said Care.

‘In a one-on-one game we know we can challenge them, we know we can beat them on our day, but when you’ve got that much class, that much international experience, throughout the whole season you know in the long run you’re going up against a team that, let’s face it, have been cheating.’

Danny Care scores a try against Grenoble during last season’s European Challenge Cup

Care won the Premiership with Harlequins in 2012 but the club have struggled to match that success as Saracens have won four of the last five title with a squad littered with seasoned internationals.

‘People lose their jobs because they’re not performing well enough because everyone’s saying “why aren’t we as good as Saracens?”,’ added Care.

‘It comes out that that’s happening because they’re cheating. Well it’s not just the hear and now, it affects people’s lives, it affects people’s families, and that’s why so many players have been so annoyed.

‘Over the years that it has been swept under the carpet, there was another one previously that got brushed aside, this one has finally come out and finally some justice is being done, although £5m to Nigel Wray won’t even touch the sides.’

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