English rugby fans target Luke Marshall after Chris Ashton's 10-week ban
Ulsterman is the convenient fall guy.
Let's get this out here at the start - Luke Marshall was hauled to the ground by his face in a rash tackle by Chris Ashton.
This afternoon, Ashton was hit with a 10-week ban for 'making contact with the eye area' of Marshall. Cynics would call it a gouge but, if anything, it was pure recklessness from Ashton.
While attempting to prevent a choke tackle on his Saracens teammate, Ashton grabbed a scruff of Marshall and got to work. We're sure it was never his intention to rake Marshall's eyes but that is what he did.
The ban means Ashton will now miss the entire Six Nations, including a February 27 clash with Ireland at Twickenham.
There was a mixed reaction to the ban on Twitter:
— Dickie Jev (@DickieJev) January 20, 2016
I actually feel sorry for Chris Ahston, not a gouge. High, but not a gouge. Can't help but think Luke Marshall milked it too
— Cor(i)mac (@CormStarling) January 20, 2016
— Peter Keane (@Keane1Peter) January 20, 2016
Outrage from old pros
— Jason Robinson OBE (@Jason15Robinson) January 20, 2016
10 weeks for Ashton? For that? What a shocker. I'm no referee l, thankfully, but I wouldn't even give that a yellow.
— David Flatman (@davidflatman) January 20, 2016
Sympathy from an Ulsterman
@Sonjamclaughlan as an Ulsterman it's a ridiculous ban. No idea who makes these ludicrous decisions nor the thought behind them sometimes.
— JK @eggchasingcoach (@jkk_ijk) January 20, 2016
Chris Ashton is such an idiot. Get your first call-up for England in god knows how long and then decides to fiddle with someone's eyeball.
— Matt Jenner (@mattjenner94) January 20, 2016
Bad day for rugby; Chris Ashton reminding us all that he is a monumental idiot, and beloved Conor O'Shea leaving @QuinsRugbyUnion.
— Eleanor T (@ERuckerThompson) January 20, 2016