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England's Ashton to appeal against suspension - report
January 26, 2016 / 10:33 AM / 2 years ago

England's Ashton to appeal against suspension - report

LONDON (Reuters) - England winger Chris Ashton will appeal against a 10-week ban for eye-gouging that would rule him out of this year’s Six Nations campaign, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Chris Ashton of Saracens scores their second try. Saracens v Oyonnax - European Rugby Champions Cup Pool One - Allianz Park - 19/12/15. Action Images / Henry Browne Livepic

The 28-year-old Saracens player, recalled to the England squad for the first time in 18 months, was cited for making contact with the eyes of Ulster’s Luke Marshall during a European Champions Cup match.

Ashton pleaded not guilty at a hearing last week and is appealing against the severity of the punishment.

England begin their Six Nations campaign in Scotland on Feb. 6.

Reporting by Ed Osmond; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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