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Re: More Gouging?
Posted by: fatheralice
Date: 03/10/2017 22:33
7 week ban. Mitigating circumstances are that he plays for Quins, and isn’t Ashton....
In the words of the RFU, “it was an intentional act, but he didn’t cause an injury”, so reduced ban.

No he pleaded guilty which halves the tariff automatically. 12 weeks is the entry point for low level gouging of the eye, as laid down by the RFU scale of sanctions.

Ashton did not, so got the full term. He was daft to deny it imho, and would probably still be playing in England now had he got a 5 week ban at the time, as his England career would not have been destroyed given the timing and a general feeling that he was unlucky.
However he did make contact with the eye area, which was the charge levelled at him, so I fail to understand why he said he didn't!

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