Ashton loses appeal

Source:Agencies Published: 2016-2-4 23:38:01

England winger Chris Ashton has lost his appeal against a 10-week ban for eye-gouging that has ruled him out of the Six Nations championship, European Professional Club Rugby said on Thursday.

The 28-year-old Saracens player, recalled to the England squad for the first time in 18 months, was suspended for making contact with the eyes of Ulster's Luke Marshall during a European Champions Cup match on Jan. 16.

Ashton pleaded not guilty at a hearing last week and had appealed against the severity of the punishment. But an Independent Appeal Committee upheld the ban on Thursday, meaning Ashton cannot play again until March 28.

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