Leicester Tigers fined again for salary cap breach

Leicester Tigers stadium (credit: Leicester Tigers)

Leicester Tigers have been fined again for breaking the Premiership Rugby salary cap.

The East Midlands team has been charged £47,000 for going over the limit in the 2019-20 season.

Previously, they were fined nearly £310,000 for breaking the cap from 2016 to 2021.

The fine relates to money spent during the Covid-19 period, which wasn’t included in their salary cap for 2019-20.

A statement by Premiership Rugby said: “These payments relate to salary during the Covid-19 period, which had not been included in the club’s certification for the 2019-20 salary cap year. Additional payments of £47,136.91 have been identified relating to the salary cap spend of Leicester Tigers in the 2019-20 salary cap year.

“As announced in March 2022, which was a separate matter, there was an over-spend by Leicester Tigers of £98,586.32. By the regulations, for this level of additional overrun, the club is required to pay £1 for every £1 overspend, being £47,136.91. Leicester Tigers has paid the overrun tax in full.”

Leicester chief executive Andrea Pinchen said: “As was the case in March 2022, this in no way relates to any of the most recent four seasons and we are grateful to Premiership Rugby for the cooperative approach in bringing this matter to a close.”

Leicester Tigers have paid the £47,000 fine in full.