Rugby chiefs said they should ‘consider resigning’ as MPs hammer down Worcester’s collapse

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Meanwhile, Massie-Taylor, who took over as CEO of PRL last October, was told that if a similar situation had occurred in the Premier League, where 16 per cent of clubs quit within a season, it would be a resignation case.

“If that happened, the head of the Premier League would resign on the spot,” Knight said. “I don’t know how you can come to this committee today and honestly say what you said.”

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Massie-Taylor cited “extreme economic conditions”.

He told the committee that his organization would also introduce its own “independently chaired financial oversight panel.”

In a further effort to avoid conflicts of interest, clubs have agreed to appoint a National Football League-style commissioner.

“If it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable”

Member of Parliament Julie Elliott asked Judith Batchelar, president of the Rugby Players Association, why her organization spent half of its £3 million turnover on salaries. Elliott added that she was concerned about the lack of support mechanism in the RPA. Batchelar said the RPA was “rethinking its job”.

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“We will be issuing a special report on sessions starting today,” Knight concluded. “Honestly, if it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable.

“All in all it amounts to a failure on an epic scale of the game and that’s why you’ve had two clubs go down.”

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