The Leicester Tigers will avoid automatic Premiership relegation if the salary cap was broken before 2020

The Leicester Tigers are not at risk of being automatically relegated from the Premier League if an accusation leveled against the club for breaking the pay ceiling refers to offenses before the rules were changed in 2020.

The sanctions in the salary cap were tightened in the wake of the Saracens scandal to include automatic relegation and deprivation of titles and trophies.

However, amid ongoing speculation about a possible charge against the league leaders, the Premier League has confirmed that any violation committed before the 2020-21 season will result in the sanctions in force at the time, which do not include automatic relegation and also have a lower rate of possible point deductions.

Leicester have stated that they are “aware of allegations against the club regarding payments for historic image rights”, which were reported by The times last month. The Tigers added at the time that they “collaborated with Premier League Rugby, which is investigating the historic case.”

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Tiger’s director of rugby, Steve Borthwick, has also spoken of “mismanagement on and off the pitch” dating back to before his arrival at the club in the summer of 2020.

That Times The report said that Andrew Rogers, the director of Premiership’s salary cap, looked at the possible role played by a now defunct image rights firm Worldwide Image Management, and whether Leicester had facilitated any payments between that company and the Tigers players, and whether such payments should be considered with below the wage ceiling.

Leicester have yet to lose a game this season, but a point move could derail their title bid.

The recommended point deductions, before 2020-21, started at five points for a breach of £ 350,000 to £ 399,999 above the ceiling, up to 35 points for a breach of over £ 650,000.

This is equivalent to the 35-point penalty given to Saracens in November 2019, although it was later raised by mutual agreement to ensure the London club were relegated.

The point deductions were raised in 2020 to 15 for a breach of £ 200,000 to £ 399,999, up to 50 for a breach of more than £ 650,000.

Leicester are currently 18 points ahead of fifth place in the Premier League, which is cut-off to reach the title play-off at the end of the season.

In order for any sanction to apply to the current campaign, the charge must be raised and closed, including any appeal, before the regular season’s matches end in early June. Any case heard after that date will have its sanctions applied to next season.

There is a moratorium on relegation from the Premier League this season and next season, but nationwide rules take precedence and any club found guilty of a serious enough offense since 2020 could still be relegated.

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