Leicester Tigers: Gallagher Premiership leaders co-operating with inquiry into historical image rights payments | Rugby Union News

The Leicester Tigers met with representatives from the Gallagher Premiership to discuss a potential breach of salary cap regulations; Premiership Salary Cap Director Andrew Rogers examines the Tigers’ association with Worldwide Image Management

Last updated: 28/12/21 12:58


Leicester have confirmed that they are cooperating with a Premiership Rugby investigation into historic image royalty payments

The Leicester Tigers are the subject of an investigation into Premiership Rugby’s salary cap on historic image royalty payments.

The Tigers confirmed they are cooperating and met with representatives of the umbrella organization for the Gallagher Premiership to discuss the potential violation of the salary cap regulations.

League leaders responded to a report claiming salary cap director Andrew Rogers is looking into their association with a company called Worldwide Image Management (WIM).

WIM closed in February, but it is said to have previously made payments to Leicester players.

Rogers will try to clarify whether the payments constituted an increase in individual salaries, thus breaking the salary cap.

A Leicester statement reads: “The Leicester Tigers are aware of the allegations made against the club regarding the payments of historical image rights.

“The club is partnering with Premiership Rugby, which is looking into the historical issue, and has met with Premiership Rugby representatives to discuss the claims.

“Leicester Tigers will not make any further comment as long as the matter remains ongoing.”

The development comes in the season the Saracens returned to the Premiership after a year spent in the second tier of English rugby as punishment for repeated wage cap violations.

“The agreed policy is that we will never confirm or deny whether there is or is not an investigation underway,” a Premiership Rugby spokesman said.

“The salary cap director continuously examines salary cap issues and it would be inappropriate and could potentially jeopardize an investigation if we were to confirm anything.

“However, if the salary cap director concludes that a violation has occurred, he will charge the club (and / or player, club official, agent) and this charge will be made public.”

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