Chris Ashton to miss England’s clash against Fiji due to one-week ban

Saracens winger Chris Ashton is handed a one-week ban and will miss England's opening autumn international against Fiji

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Chris Ashton has been ruled out of England’s opening autumn international against Fiji after the RFU banned the Saracens winger for one week.

The 25-year-old received the punishment following a disciplinary hearing over a dangerous tackle on Northampton’s Vasily Artemyev in a 16-6 victory at Franklin’s Garden last Friday.

It was Ashton’s third yellow card for foul play this season and the suspension does not start until next weekend after he was not released by England to play for Saracens against Wasps in the Premiership this weekend.

“We were guided by the IRB recommendation that a one week suspension was appropriate for totting up offences. The player was not released back to his club by England for their game on Sunday November 4 so it would be inappropriate to commence the suspension immediately,” said Judge Jeff Blackett, who was part of the panel.

“We have therefore deferred commencement until Sunday November 4 so he misses a game he would have played in. We are concerned about his technique and
encouraged that he and his coaches are working to correct it. We would like to add that Chris Ashton took a realistic and mature approach to proceedings and expressed genuine contrition.”

Ashton revealed his disappointment at being suspended for England’s opening autumn international on his Twitter page.

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