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Bristol Bears owner Steve Lansdown laments Sarries salary scandal

Bristol Bears owner Steve Lansdown believes Saracens have “committed a sin” by breaching this season’s salary cap.

The reigning Gallagher Premiership champions will be relegated from the top tier of English Rugby Union at the end of the current season, as a punishment for the breach.

They had already been deducted 35 points and fined £5.4m for similar offences going back as far as three years, but it was announced on Friday that they were to relegated.

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“They committed a sin and they have to repent for it,” Lansdown told Talksport. “They need to go through a period of rehabilitation back into the world of rugby.”

The side, featuring the likes of England captain Owen Farrell and internationals Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers, won the Champions Cup too last season, adding to their five league titles throughout the 2010s.

Lansdown expressed his opinions in an explosive interview, berating the breach.

“They have brought the game into disrepute, there are 13 clubs who have all signed up to the salary cap, including Saracens, and they have decided to put two fingers up to it and do their own thing and they feel almost aggrieved that we are upset about it.

“They have got some very difficult decisions to make, the players have got some very difficult decisions to make, the management have got some very difficult decisions to make.

“They probably haven’t woken up to the reality of what is in store for them.”

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