McCafferty : There have been no salary cap breaches

Mark McCafferty says there have been no salary cap breaches

Aviva Premiership Rugby boss Mark McCafferty has insisted that there have been no salary cap breaches committed by clubs competing in the English game’s top tier.

Premiership Rugby did however confirm that “certain issues” were pursued with some Premiership clubs last season in relation to the salary cap but McCafferty said that the organisation is adamant they “have now resolved the issues identified and have entered into appropriate confidential settlements”.

The Premiership statement comes after months of speculation that at least three Premiership clubs might have broken last season’s salary cap limit of just under £5 million ($7.6 million).

– The Base levels will be £6.5m in 2016/17 and £7m in 2017/18 (2015/16 – £5.5m)

But Premiership Rugby said in a statement: “Over the last few months, there has been speculation, much of it significantly inaccurate, concerning investigations into clubs.

“Premiership Rugby can confirm that certain issues were pursued last season with some clubs relating to access to information, and to commercial contracts where there were differences of opinion as to the correct inclusion or not in the salary cap spend.

“The issues were not straightforward and were subject to differing legal opinion and consequent risk as to any judgment on the correct interpretation.

“Premiership Rugby and the clubs have now resolved the issues identified and have entered into appropriate confidential settlements.”

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