It has been revealed by the Rugby Paper that breaches to the Premierships salary cap by Bath and Saracens are to go unpunished.
Both clubs had been under investigation since the end of last year was continually pushed back as clubs looked to keep their dealings under wraps. The problem being that stakeholders had to be in 100 percent agreement in order for action to be taken.
A number of deals are revealed to have been put in place to keep clubs happy with promises made by clubs in breach of the salary cap not to poach an out of contract player whilst a cartel of clubs threatened to block new commercial deals, in addition to the ring fencing of the Premiership.
It is believed that with an agreement almost in place, an announcement could be made to confirm that no further investigation will take place could coincide with details of a new ring fenced Premiership with 14 teams.
The clubs under investigation have reportedly threatened legal action should they be found in breach of any rules and would lodge a complaint with the European Union as the Salary Cap could be a restriction on fair trade
There have also been demands by some owners to increase the salary cap by £1 million per season in order to bring the Premiership in line with the Top 14. One insider told the Rugby Paper that the smaller clubs are being bullied and blackmailed by a small cartel of clubs who are taking all the necessary steps to protect themselves.