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Re: The nightmare continues
Posted by: old hillbilly
Date: 09/02/2020 20:06
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The 24-year-old was eligible when Saracens' matchday squad was announced, but his work permit had expired before the game on 19 January.

If they fielded a player who didn't have a valid work permit, then doesn't that count as a criminal offence as well as breaking the Champion's Cup rules?

Yes indeed it does count as a criminal offence with the maximum penalty of 5 years. If the immigration authorities believe it was a simple admin error then they will probably get off with a fine. The excuse Sarries used at the hearings was apparently that they were unaware the players work permit had expired. This will cut no ice with Immigration enforcements who view 'knowing' as the responsibility of the employer (i.e. the club).
So not sure this story is over yet.

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