Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chris Ashton's ban will stand - as appeal 'not allowed'

An independent Appeal Committee has today (Thursday, 4 February) announced its decision not to allow an appeal by the Saracens player, Chris Ashton, against the 10-week suspension imposed on him as a result of a citing complaint arising from his club's European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5 match against Ulster Rugby on Saturday, 16 January 2016. 

Ashton's suspension therefore remains in place and he is free to play on Monday, 28 March 2016. The Appeal Committee heard the player's appeal in London yesterday before adjourning to give the matter further consideration. 

At last month's Disciplinary Hearing, the independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noel Couraud (France), found that Ashton had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card in that the player had made contact with the eye(s) and/or eye area of the Ulster Rugby centre, Luke Marshall, during the match at Allianz Park in contravention of Law 10.4 (m).