Chris Ashton Hit With Huge Ban After Being Found Guilty Of Biting
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Saracens and England winger Chris Ashton has been banned for 13 weeks after being found guilty of biting Northampton prop Alex Waller.
After a six-hour hearing, a disciplinary panel found the 29-year-old bit Waller on the arm at a ruck during Saracens’ 27-12 Premiership victory at Allianz Park on Saturday.
The panel looked at two counts of biting but dismissed the second charge. Ashton, who denied both offences, can play again on 19 December.
The minimum suspension for a guilty verdict was 12 weeks, with a more serious offence potentially carrying a punishment of up to 208 weeks.
Philip Evans QC, who chaired the disciplinary panel, said Ashton’s offence was at the lower end of the scale but “aggravated by his previous record”.