Tuesday, September 20, 2016

VERDICT: The result of Chris Ashton's 'Bite Cite' disciplinary panel is out

Chris Ashton has been banned from rugby for a period of 13 weeks after been found guilty of biting by a RFU disciplinary panel. 

Ashton appeared before an RFU disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening charged with acts contrary to good sportsmanship (law 10.4(m)). The Saracens player was cited for allegedly biting Alex Waller of Northampton Saints on two separate occasions during their Aviva Premiership match last weekend. 

The first incident occurred in the 24th minute of the match and the second, one minute later. Ashton contested both counts, however the independent panel found the first charge proven but dismissed the second charge. The Saracens wing was given a 13-week ban. He is free to play again on the 19 December 2016. 

The Chairman of the panel Philip Evans QC said: "Having considered detailed evidence the panel concluded that during the course of a ruck Chris Ashton bit the arm of Alex Waller at a time that Mr Waller was attempting to clear him out. The panel concluded it was a low-end entry point aggravated by his previous record.” The RFU disciplinary panel comprised of Philip Evans QC (chairman) with Tom Rees and Paula Carter.