FILE PHOTO: Saracens celebrate after winning the European Champions Cup Final against Leinster Rugby. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

LONDON – Saracens have apologised for the "mistakes" made in relation to the salary cap regulations and accepted their imposed relegation from the English Premiership at the end of the season.

English and European champions Saracens, who had already accepted an initial 35-point deduction, were demoted from the top flight by Premiership Rugby on Saturday for persistent salary cap breaches.

In a statement released on Sunday, Saracens said they will look to rebuild trust and ensure the club's focus is back on delivering success on the pitch.

"The board of Saracens wishes to unreservedly apologise for the mistakes made in relation to the salary cap regulations," the club said in a statement.

"Our goal is to rebuild confidence and trust. The first step was to appoint a new independent chairman to lead on governance reform, ensuring errors of the past are not replicated in the future."

Saracens were initially punished in November for breaking the 7 million pound ($9.11 million) salary cap for three consecutive seasons, during which they won the title twice.

British media reports had said on Friday that Saracens were to receive another 35-point deduction. However, the club has now accepted the decision to play in the Championship next term.

"We understand this decision will be difficult for the Saracens family to accept," the club added.

"It is in the wider interests of the Premiership and English rugby to take this decisive step, to ensure everybody is able once again to focus on the game of rugby, which we all love."

Reuters