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Will Greenwood finds similarities between Chris Ashton and Mario Balotelli

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Saracens winger Chris Ashton is set for a six-month ban following a double charge for biting Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller.

The 29-year-old was also involved in an eye-gouging incident with Ulster back Luke Marshall during the European Champions Cup game earlier this year, for which he received a ban last term.

Despite the recurring instances of his indiscipline and unpredictable ways, he is still regarded as ‘a good lad’ by Will Greenwood.


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The former Leicester Tigers star is of the opinion that often landing into controversies has affected the image of the player in the public eye, who is otherwise an excellent individual.

Sky Sports quoted Greenwood saying: “He [Ashton] had a tough ban and came back from that and contributed hugely to Saracens completing a wonderful double. He just finds himself in situations he shouldn’t get into.”

He believes the winger himself will not be sure how to answer why he lands into such instances.

He continued: “We asked why he does these things and he said ‘I don’t know why I do it. I don’t mean to. I say to myself I’m not going to do it’.

"He just seems to attract those things. For all these incidents he's a really nice bloke. Now if you bite someone, you bite someone, but he's a good lad and a really good rugby player."

As a result, Greenwood draws his comparison with former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

“Chris is an instinctive player and gets caught in daft situations. We have to find out exactly what’s happened, but he’s clickbait. People want to know what’s going on, asking ‘why is he always getting involved in this?’ He’s the Mario Balotelli – someone give him a T-shirt. ‘Why Always Me?’

The Italian forward infamously revealed a slogan featuring those words after scoring against arch-rivals Manchester United in 2011, and is often in the news for the wrong reasons, mostly incidents off the football pitch.

It remains to be seen just how long Ashton will be banned for, as in the coming days he will appear before the disciplinary panel to answer the charges brought by citing commissioner Mike Rafter.

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