MX23RW : Saturday, September 22 23:07:24

Chris Ashton facing six weeks out for tip tackle against Castres Olympique

Ashton facing six-week ban for tip tackle
© Reuters
Sale Sharks winger Chris Ashton could face a ban of at least six weeks after being cited for a tip tackle in a pre-season friendly with Castres.

Sale Sharks winger Chris Ashton will face a disciplinary panel on Thursday after he was cited for a tip tackle made in a pre-season friendly.

It was reported that the England international had punched Castres' Rory Kockott, but new video footage has emerged that shows a dangerous lift by the 31-year-old.

Ashton could now miss the opening five matches of the new Premiership season as a result, with bans for tip tackles starting at six weeks.

In a statement, 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)."

The red card came in his second game for Sale following a summer move from French team Toulon.

Share this article now:
Chris Ashton of Saracens dives over to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium on November 28, 2015
Read Next:
Mark McCall 'disappointed' to see Ashton leave
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account