Former Saints star Ashton faces ban after Artemyev challenge

ON THE RECEIVING END - Vasily Artemyev was smashed into the boards by former Saints star Chris Ashton in last weekend's game at Franklin's Gardens (picture by Linda Dawson)
ON THE RECEIVING END - Vasily Artemyev was smashed into the boards by former Saints star Chris Ashton in last weekend's game at Franklin's Gardens (picture by Linda Dawson)

Former Saints wing Chris Ashton could face a ban after receiving a post-match Level One citing for his challenge on Vasily Artemyev at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend.

Ashton put in a no arms hit on the Russian during the first half and though no action was taken at the time, he has now been handed a retrospective yellow card for the incident.

It means the Saracens star now has three yellows to his name this season and will be forced to appear at an RFU diciplinary hearing at 7pm this evening (Wednesday)

And he is likely to be handed a one-game ban, which would rule him out of England’s first autumn international against Fiji at Twickenham on November 10.