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Biting incident to end winger's international career?.

Chris Ashton set for lengthy ban following biting charges

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Saracens winger Chris Ashton has been charged of biting Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller on two separate incidents that happened in a span of just 60 seconds, according to The Telegraph.

The event took place in the first half of the Premiership match at Allianz Park on Saturday, where The Men in Black won the tie 27-12 against the visitors.

The England international is now set to appear before a disciplinary panel in London on Tuesday to answer the charges brought against him.

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In the 24th minute, Ashton’s mouth appeared to be in contact with Waller’s hand during a tangle, while a minute later, the second incident happened as they grappled on the floor for the possession of the ball.

Waller complained to the referee Greg Garner at the time, but the match official told him that it would be reviewed after the game.

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After various video replays and reviews of the footage, citing commissioner Mike Rafter brought the charges against the Saracens winger.

A low-end offence for biting could be subjected to a minimum suspension of 12 weeks, whereas a top-end offence could see a suspension of 24 weeks. The maximum ban is four years.

The RFU disciplinary panel will be chaired by a three-member committee comprising of Philip Evans QC alongside Tom Rees and Paula Carter.

It is believed that despite the same incident on the same player, the panel has the right to treat each incident separately.

You can see the incident in the video below.

However, this is not the first time the 29-year-old will be serving disciplinary action as he received a ban last season for making contact with the eye area of Ulster back Luke Marshall during a European Champions Cup tie.

It is expected Ashton could be handed a six-month ban that would potentially end his international aspirations.

The England squad will be announced by head coach Eddie Jones at the end of September, but failing to make the cut for the 45-man training squad in July, Ashton’s prospects of representing the nation might have already come to an end.

The prolific try scorer, known for his support play and speed, has 39 caps for England.

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Jonny Wilkinson
England Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Saracens
Chris Ashton
Northampton Saints
Rugby Union
Dan Carter

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