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Chris Ashton cited for alleged gouge on Luke Marshall, Glasgow flanker pulled up for testicle grab

Neither are very nice.

SARACENS AND ENGLAND wing Chris Ashton has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eye area of Ulster centre Luke Marshall.

Under Law 10.4 (M), Ashton could be hit with a ban anywhere from 12 weeks (low end entry point) if found guilty of the offence.


The prolific try-scorer was cited by French commissioner Yves Thieffine for making contact with Marshall’s eyes in the 16th minute of Ulster’s 33 – 17 defeat away to the Premiership side.

In a busy week for the disciplinary committee, a complaint was also received against Glasgow Warriors’ Ryan Wilson.

Match citing commissioner Jeff Mark alleges that Wilson grabbed the testicles of Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson in the 25th minute of the Saints win over Warriors.

Ryan Wilson Glasgow flanker Ryan Wilson: cited for teste twist. Source: Russell Cheyne/INPHO

The offence also comes under Law 10.4 (m) – ‘acts contrary to good sportsmanship’ – and carries a low end sanction of a 12 week ban rising to a top end offence of between 24 weeks and four years.

Wilson’s team-mate will join him in London for Wednesday’s disciplinary hearings, the lock was yellow carded for a 74th minute punch of Saints hooker Mikey Haywood and has been cited under Law 10.4 (a).

And last, but not least of this week’s Champions Cup bad boys is Clermont’s Viktor Koleishvili. Citing commissioner has passed the flanker’s name on for a disciplinary hearing to take place in Paris tomorrow.

Source: Sky Sports

Koleishvili was warned by referee Wayne Barnes after he shoved the official to move him out of his way during the away defeat to Ospreys.

‘Abuse of match officials’ also comes under Law 10.4 (m), but World Rugby’s sanctions range from a low end of 24 weeks to a top end of 96 weeks to life.

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