Monday 19 March 2018

Ashton, Tuilagi in dock over hair-pulling

Northampton'S Chris Ashton and Leicester's Alesana Tuilagi will both appear in front of the RFU disciplinary committee this afternoon following their clash at Welford Road on Saturday, when the England wing dragged the Samoan to ground and into touch by his hair.

Tuilagi received a red card for reacting to the tackle and the RFU citing officer decided that Ashton should also appear in front of the panel after his bizarre and potentially dangerous tackle, when he dragged the 120kg Samoan into touch by his trademark dreadlocks.

Their dual appearance in front of the disciplinary committee comes less than six months after another controversial incident at Welford Road, when Alesana's younger brother Manu was banned for five weeks after hitting Ashton with a combination of three punches in a fiery Aviva Premiership semi-final play-off.

The younger Tuilagi received only a yellow card, but was subsequently cited and banned for the assault on Ashton, who was soon to become an England colleague.

Manu Tuilagi, who has been injured, was not involved in Saturday's game but sat on the Leicester bench and had to be restrained by a club official as he ran towards the incident involving his brother.

Irish Independent

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