The Saracans player was banned for an incident against Ulster's Luke Marshall
Saracens star Chris Ashton looks set to miss the Six Nations after he banned for ten weeks.
Ashton was cited for "allegedly making contact with the eye(s) and/or eye area" with Ulster star Luke Marshall. The independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noel Couraud ruled the Ashton's actions should have resulted in a red card. He was banned for 12 weeks, with another week added as a deterrent, before having three weeks rescinded for previous good behaviour.
The ban will come as a major blow to Ashton's international aspirations. The 28-year-old was named in England's Six Nations squad by Ediie Jones after previously missing out on last year's Rugby World Cup.
The rugby league convert has played 39-times for England. His last appearance came against New Zealand in 2014. He has not featured in a Six Nations game since England lost to Wales in March 2013.
Ashton can appeal the ban.