Saracens winger Ashton gets 13 week ban for biting

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LONDON (AP) — England and Saracens winger Chris Ashton has been suspended for 13 weeks for biting an opponent after a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel upheld one of two charges on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, capped 39 times by England, was alleged to have bitten Northampton prop Alex Waller during Saturday's Aviva Premiership game.

The two incidents occurred in the 24th and 25th minute of the clash at Allianz Park with Ashton's mouth appearing to make contact with Waller's hand during a tangle on the floor. The second charge was dismissed, but the first upheld.

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.

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