Banned: Chris Ashton, Saracens. Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

England star Chris Ashton banned over dangerous tackle

The Sarries winger will miss the opening autumn Test match against Fiji.

CHRIS ASHTON WILL miss England’s opening autumn Test match against Fiji after a Rugby Football Union (RFU) disciplinary panel announced last night that they have banned him for a dangerous tackle.

The Saracens wing has been suspended for a week after being cited for a dangerous tackle on Northampton’s Vasily Artemyev in a Premiership match on Saturday.

The citing’s level one status was the equivalent of an off-pitch yellow card, increasing Ashton’s tally for the season to three and yielding an automatic disciplinary hearing.

The suspension has been timed to run from 4 November specifically to prevent Ashton from playing against the Fijians six days later, as England have not released him to play for his club this weekend.

- © AFP, 2012

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