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Ashton to miss Fiji game after one week ban

31 October 2012

  • Chris Ashton to miss England's game against Fiji
  • Totting up system means three yellows and ban for Saracens man
England wing Chris Ashton in action for Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership

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Wing Chris Ashton will miss England's opening QBE Internationals fixture against Fiji after being given a one week ban at an RFU Disciplinary Hearing.

He appeared before the panel of His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, Jeremy Summers and Julian Morris after receiving three yellow cards for foul play this season.

The Saracens wing is sidelined from Sunday November 4 to Saturday November 10 and free to play again on Sunday November 11.

Ashton received a post-match Level One citing - treated in the regulations as a yellow card for the totting up system - for a dangerous tackle on Vasily Artemyev in last Saturday's Aviva Premiership match at Northampton Saints.

Earlier this season he was shown yellow cards for dangerous charging in the matches against London Irish (September 1) and Exeter Chiefs (September 23).

Judge Blackett said: “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.

"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.”