Premiership Rugby launch probe into Leicester Tigers

Premiership Rugby launch probe into potential breach of salary cap regulations at Leicester Tigers as unbeaten league leaders confirm they will co-operate with investigation

  • Leicester Tigers are being investigated for potential salary cap rule breaches 
  • The Tigers lead the Premiership and are unbeaten after 10 league games 
  • However, alleged historic image rights payments are now under investigation
  • The club confirmed they are co-operating with the probe by Premiership Rugby 
  • Saracens were automatically relegated from the Premiership two years ago 

Leicester have confirmed that they are co-operating with a Premiership Rugby investigation into historic image rights payments.

The Tigers have met with representatives from the umbrella organisation for the Gallagher Premiership to discuss the potential breach of salary cap regulations.

The league leaders have responded to a report stating that salary cap director Andrew Rogers is looking into their association with a company called Worldwide Image Management.

According to The Times, ‘off the books’ image rights payments were allegedly made to players in the past to boost their salaries outside of the salary cap. 

The Tigers said in a statement: ‘Leicester Tigers are aware of allegations made against the club regarding historic image rights payments.

‘The club are cooperating with Premiership Rugby, who are looking into the historic matter, and have met with representatives from Premiership Rugby to discuss the claims. Leicester Tigers will make no further comment while the matter remains ongoing.’ 

Premiership Rugby have launched a probe into potential salary cap breaches at Leicester

The Tigers currently lead England’s top flight and are unbeaten after 10 league games

Should any historic offences be uncovered, the ramifications could be disastrous for the club that has returned to the summit of English rugby after years in the doldrums, with financial struggles hampering Leicester. 

The Tigers are top of the Premiership and have failed to lose a game after 10 rounds of action. 

According to Premiership Rugby rules, a breach of the league’s salary cap that totals over £200,000 results in a range of sanctions including a 50-point deduction, a fine or automatic relegation. 

Two years ago, Saracens were automatically relegated after breaching salary cap rules for three successive years. They made an immediate return last season.  

More to follow. 

The club confirmed they are co-operating into a probe into historic image rights payments

Saracens were relegated from the Premiership after breaching salary rules for three years

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