Chris Ashton could be banned for England's clash with Fiji after being cited

Last Updated: 31/10/12 8:51pm

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Chris Ashton: could miss England's clash with Fiji

Chris Ashton: could miss England's clash with Fiji

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Chris Ashton could be banned for the start of England's autumn internationals after being cited for a dangerous tackle.

The Saracens winger has been cited for a tackle on Northampton winger Vasily Artemyev during the Aviva Premiership clash on Saturday.

The citing counts on Ashton's record as a yellow card, taking his tally for the season to three and triggering a disciplinary hearing.

A Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel of Jeff Blackett, Jeremy Summers and Peter Budge will consider the matter in London this evening.

Ashton was shown yellow cards for dangerous charging in the matches against London Irish on 1 September and Exeter Chiefs on 23 September.

During his first season with Northampton in the old National League One, Ashton was banned for one week after a similar situation.

If the RFU's disciplinary panel decide to impose a suspension on this occasion, it would not apply to weeks when he is inactive.

And as Ashton was not among the England players released for Premiership duty this weekend, the next match he is due to play is England's Test against Fiji on 10 November.

The RFU disciplinary hearing is scheduled to start at 7pm.

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