“What we need in this is clarification,” said the Premier Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty. “It is about establishing ground rules, such the percentage of salary that can be paid into an image rights company.”
The Professional Rugby Players’ Association are not perturbed by the investigation. “The only issue we would have is if we felt unfair penalties were being imposed,” said the chief executive, Damian Hopley. “Rugby union is enjoying a high profile and young players emerging are finding themselves fêted in a way their predecessors were not. All we want from HMRC is clarity.”
Let’s translate that: they’re saying “What can we get away with?”
So, err, someone says “excuse me Boss, but what actually is the law?” and the only reason they do so is so that they can get away with something?