Chris Ashton could be cited after being accused of biting the hand of Northampton prop Alex Waller
The winger’s mouth appeared to make contact with Waller’s hand during a tangle on the floor
Referee Greg Garner took no action
Chris Ashton is staring down his second lengthy ban this year after being captured on camera appearing to bite the hand of an opponent during yesterday’s Aviva Premiership clash between Saracens and Northampton.
Jim Mallinder, director of rugby at Northampton, confirmed after the match that his player Alex Waller had been bitten on the hand.
The footage, which you can see below, has emerged of the incident and doesn’t paint a particularly pretty picture for Ashton and Saracens.
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Ashton received a 10-week ban last season for making contact with the eye area of Ulster back Luke Marshall during a European Champions Cup game, although he protested his innocence throughout.
That suspension ruled him out of England’s Six Nations campaign, and the 29-year-old has not featured for the national side since Eddie Jones became head coach.
Meanwhile, Waller could also face further action after receiving a yellow card for a second-half clash with Jamie George after performing a dump-tackle on the Saracens and England hooker off the ball.