Saracens are appealing their 35-point deduction and £5m fine for breaching the salary cap after a seven-month investigation by the Premiership, however McCall says his squad isn’t going anywhere.
He said: “We have to view it as a negative balance, but we are not thinking of breaking up the squad, were we to be relegated, I think then we need some good thinking and proper planning”
Some of the North London clubs’ top players including England stars Owen Farrell and the Vunipola brothers are under investigation for co-investments with the club chairman Nigel Wray.
Saracens convincingly beat Saracens 21-12 on Saturday but, as expected were welcomed to Kingsholm with raptures of boo’s and chants. Fake money, ‘celery caps’ and -26 hats were all featured in the notorious Shed.
The investigation follows the Daily Mail’s revelations in which started in March as they questioned the Chairman’s investments with players at the club.
Some of England’s biggest names, including captain Owen Farrell, are under investigation – as well as rising star Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers.
The salary cap was increased from £6.5m to £7m ahead of the 2017-18 season and will have no further increase until at least the end of the 2019/2020 season.
Before Saracens’ win on Saturday, McCall spoke to BT Sport, explaining the mood in-camp when the news was announced last Tuesday, saying that the players were ‘shocked’ about the Premiership’s findings.
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Saracens’ Director of Rugby Mark McCall addresses the salary cap breach for the first time. pic.twitter.com/CN2wTZDfLD
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