WARRIORS chief executive Jim O’Toole has spoken of his disappointment at rugby chiefs’ handling of the alleged salary cap breaches in the Aviva Premiership last season.
Bosses at Premiership Rugby have said no teams had exceeded the £4.76million wage limit, but they admitted there were ‘certain issues’ with some clubs.
Warriors have stressed they were not one of the teams investigated for breaching the salary cap, but O’Toole said he felt under pressure to state their position due to uncertainty among supporters.
“Yes, there is (resentment within clubs about the way it has been handled),” he said. “We were reasonably early in the process to come out because we were asked the direct question by our stakeholders and supporters ‘are you one of the clubs?’ The ownership and I were uncomfortable for a couple of days that we were in a position where we felt we had to say something.”
He added: “I genuinely think the history of the regulation and the participation agreements has brought all the parties to where they are. It’s unsatisfactory for the clubs, the Premiership and the sport. I think they are a victim of the way the agreements were framed in the past.”