Alex Sanderson queries value of salary cap investigation

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Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson believes it would be wrong to punish the current Leicester Tigers set-up if they were found to have breached salary cap regulations in previous years.

The Midlanders are under investigation by Premiership Rugby due to historic image rights payments made to players.

It occurred prior to Andrea Pinchen becoming the Tigers’ chief executive and Steve Borthwick taking charge of the playing side of the club.

Sanderson understands the situation Leicester are in as he was coach at Saracens when they were relegated and fined for exceeding the cap.

Grief cycle

“I was in it with Saracens and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that again,” he told reporters. “Now I’ve got through the grief cycle, to a certain extent I just think let sleeping dogs lie.

“I don’t think it’s anything to do with that current management or those current players and it seems like they could be punished, if they are found guilty, for the acts of predecessors.

“What good is it going to do to drag someone else through the mud, particularly people at Leicester who were not involved at the time?

“I don’t see – apart from vilification and retribution – what good it is going to do the game. I would rather put an end to it all. It just keeps rearing its ugly head.”

Sanderson felt Sarries were made scapegoats, stating “there were rumours about other teams transgressing,” and doesn’t want to see Leicester punished for something he suspects was rife at the time.

The Sale director of rugby also praised the job Borthwick is doing and believes the Tigers will be able to put it to one side and concentrate on continuing their fine start to the season.

“All of what’s happening right now is something he’s inherited,” he added.

“It’s not something he can control because it’s retrospective, looking back. If anybody will be able to focus on the things they can control, which is the week to week performance, then it’s going to be him. He’s doing a great job.”

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