Chris Ashton has received a blow ahead of the new Premiership season with the RFU confirming on Tuesday he’ll face an independent disciplinary panel
In a statemtent, the RFU said: “Ashton was shown a red card by referee Roman Poite in the 46th minute of the pre-season fixture between Castres Olympique and Sale Sharks on Friday 17 August 2018. This was for a tip tackle on Rory Kockott contrary to law 9.18 (A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground).
“Tarus was also shown a red card by referee Roman Poite in the 73rd minute of the same match. This was for dangerous play in a ruck contrary to law 9.20.
“Both hearings will take place in London on Thursday 23 August, Ashton’s at 13:30 with Tarus’ following immediately after. The panel will be chaired by Richard Whittam QC, with Becky Essex and one other panel member to be confirmed. ”
Ashton could miss the start of the season if he’s punished.
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