Video: Saracens winger Chris Ashton cited for alleged eye gouge on Ulster's Luke Marshall
Saracens wing Chris Ashton has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eye(s) and/or eye area of Ulster centre Luke Marshall during Saturday's European Champions Cup match, European Professional Club Rugby has announced.
The incident occurred in the 16th minute of the Aviva Premiership side's 33-17 win over Les Kiss' team on Saturday at Allianz Park.
Referee Jerome Garces looked at the incident but decided to only award Ulster a penalty
“Nothing clear and dangerous for me about the finger in the eyes,” said Garces, before explaining that Ashton should still be penalised for the way he cleared out the Ulster centre.
Stae Francis winger Josaia Raisuqe was given a hefty 15-week suspension last week for an eye gouge on Munster captain CJ Stander.
If found guilty, he faces a minimum 12-week suspension that would rule him out of England’s Six Nations campaign.
“EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Saracens wing, Chris Ashton (No 14), following the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5 match against Ulster Rugby on Saturday, 16 January 2016,” read a statement.
“Ashton is alleged to have made contact with the eye(s) and/or eye area of the Ulster centre, Luke Marshall (No 13), in the 16th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (m). The complaint was by the match Citing Commissioner, Yves Thieffine (France).
“Jean-Noel Couraud (France) has been appointed as the independent Judicial Officer for the disciplinary hearing which will take place in London on Wednesday 20 January 2016.”
Meanwhile, Clermont’s Viktor Kolelishvili cited for pushing referee Wayne Barnes during Friday’s game between Ospreys and Clermont.
The low end punishment for such an offence is 24 weeks with the worst cases resulting in life-time bans.
The incident occurred in the first-half of his Clermont side’s defeat at the Liberty Stadium as Kolelishvili grew frustrated with Barnes’ positioning.
The Georgian then shoved the English official as Ospreys prepared to launch another attack, leading to cries of derision from the crowd.
Barnes immediately brought play to a halt but decided against showing Kolelishvili either a yellow or red card, instead only awarding a penalty against him, which was then converted by Dan Biggar.
Barnes, who refereed the World Cup semi-final between Australia and Argentina last year, also told Kolelishvili: “If I’m standing in your way please just ask me to move.”
The pair then shook hands.
Glasgow's Ryan Wilson has also been cited after being "alleged to have grabbed the testicles" of Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson.
Under World Rugby's laws, which cover "testicle grabbing or twisting or squeezing", Wilson could also face a potentially lengthy ban at a hearing on January 20.
Wilson's Glasgow team-mate Tim Swinson will have a hearing on the same day after he allegedly punched Northampton hooker Mikey Haywood in the 74th minute of their 19-15 defeat at Franklin's Gardens.
Newport replacement hooker Rhys Thomas has also been cited after he was alleged to have bitten Castres back row Thomas Caballero in their European Challenge Cup clash.
The 33-year-old allegedly bit Caballero in the 67th minute of Newport's 31-18 win over the Top 14 side.
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