Saracens - Chris Ashton Appeal Judgement: Club Statement

Feb 04, 2016

Chris Ashton Appeal Judgement: Club Statement


Saracens can confirm that they are disappointed with today’s decision from the independent Appeal Committee’s not to allow Chris Ashton’s appeal to overturn his 10-week suspension for making contact with eyes of Ulster player Luke Marshall.

At last month's Disciplinary Hearing, the independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noel Couraud (France), found that Ashton had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card in that the player had made contact with the eye(s) and/or eye area of the Ulster Rugby centre, Luke Marshall, during the match at Allianz Park in contravention of Law 10.4 (m).

Ashton appealed on the basis that the sanction of 10 weeks imposed was unfair and disproportionate to the act that had taken place. The Appeal Committee heard the player's appeal in London yesterday before adjourning to give the matter further consideration.

Ashton's suspension therefore remains in place and he is free to play again on Monday 28 March 2016.

Speaking after today’s decision, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “The club has been fully supportive of Chris throughout this process and wanted to ensure that everything possible was done to support his case.

“Saracens and Chris are obviously disappointed by the ramifications of today’s news, but we now have to accept this decision. We are thankful to the Appeal Committee for considering Chris’s case and for the opportunity to put his case forward. Chris now plans to work hard during this enforced time away from playing to ensure that after his suspension he can perform well for Saracens, and help the club to a successful season.”

Chris Ashton: “I’m incredibly disappointed with today’s decision, but I now plan to look ahead to the rest of the season and work as hard as I can during my ban. I’d like to thank Saracens and my legal team for all their hard work and support throughout this. I vehemently maintain that I have never made an attempt to intentionally make contact with the eye area of any other player. To miss out on the chance to represent my country and Saracens during this period is extremely disappointing, but the judgement stands and it is one that I will respect and accept.”

 

Saracens Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Du Plessis was superb, and I’m not sure how he wasn’t Man of the Match, as to scrummage that way against Marcos Ayerza takes some doing. I thought he was brilliant today." - See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/mccall-hails-pack-performance-after-tigers-result#sthash.tZ9etc1v.dpuf

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