It’s a scandal that will follow Saracens F.C. for decades and one that will be entrenched in the history of Rugby Union forever.
The 2018/19 Premiership Champions were found guilty of breaching the Rugby Premiership salary cap rules for the previous three seasons.
As a result of their blatant cheating, the club was handed a £5.4 million fine and a 35-point deduction in November and just last week were relegated to the Championship where they will compete in from the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
It’s a historic fall of grace from a club that’s dominated Rugby Union and European Rugby, winning four of the last five Rugby Premiership titles and three of the last four European Rugby Champions Cups.
Alastair Yeomans, former BBC Sports Journalist thinks Saracens can bounce back immediately.
“Looking forward, Saracens will probably still be strong next season, despite being short of top players.
“I ask, will they win every game in the Championship by 40 points, thereby diminishing that competition?”
A positive for Saracens in this dumpster fire they’ve found themselves is that England captain Owen Farrell has decided to stay at the club despite their relegation.
Other stars including Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly and Jamie George held meetings with the board and also decided to remain with the disgraced club.
Morgan Roberts, writer at Rugby Lad begs the question on whether Saracens’ titles in the last 3-4 should be taken away.
“It’s something that needs to be questioned, Bath lost a final to Saracens, Exeter have lost a couple of finals to Saracens, are they owed trophies?”
While it doesn’t look like their titles will be taken away, it doesn’t stop the fact that Saracens have brought disrepute upon Rugby Union and themselves.