been handed a 35-point deduction and fined £5m+ after having been found to have breached Premiership Rugby salary cap regulations.
Whilst still subject to appeal, the seemingly draconian punishment not only ends Saracens' chances of making the Premiership play offs this season (effectively they will play Gloucester this weekend on -26 points), relegation is now a real possibility and the £5m+ fine must surely threaten the club's financial viability and thus its very existence. Not to mention the potential effect on the England squad going forward.
Whilst other clubs may be rubbing their hands in glee, such a punishment sets such a potentially dangerous precedent that I doubt any of the clubs can be 100% sure that their own financial arrangements are watertight.
If the sanction stands it will be biggest scandal ever to hit English rugby.