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Chiefs to move to fifth in Premiership

And they won't have to kick a ball

Exeter Chiefs are set to move up a place in the Premiership table on Monday, even though no games have been played for more than a week.

It's understood that Saracens, currently third, are to drop their appeal against a 35-point deduction and a fine of more than £5 million for breaking the rules on salary payments.

The current Premiership and European champions are accused of breaching the £7 million a year salary cap by making payments to players through service companies in which Saracens invest. Exeter Chiefs have lost the last two Premiership finals to the London club. Chiefs' chairman Tony Rowe has told the press he thinks Saracens' punishment is too light and they should be relegated to the Championship.

Confirmation that Saracens will accept their fate is expected on Monday. However, it remains unclear whether they will be forced to offload players to bring them within the regulations.

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