A review of the Chris Ashton disciplinary decision: lessons on sanctioning under RFU Regulation 19

Rugby Tackle on white background
Published: Wednesday, 17 October 2018. Written by Graham Gilbert No Comments

Amongst much hype, Chris Ashton returned to English club rugby earlier this year having spent the previous season playing for Toulon in the Top 14, breaking the divisions scoring record in the process1. The significance of the move back was plain: Ashton was making himself available to play for England once again and potentially reigniting an international career that had seemed over when he left Saracens for France. However, it was not long before Ashton made life difficult for himself by committing an act that resulted in a 7-week ban2.

This article reviews the Ashton decision (a copy of which is available here3), examining the rules he broke and how the sanction imposed came to be handed to him following a hearing on 23 August this year.

Continue reading this article...

Register with your email and password
Already a member? Sign in

Get access to all of the expert analysis and commentary at LawInSport including articles, webinars, conference videos and podcast transcripts.  Find out more here.

Related Articles

About the Author

Graham Gilbert

Graham Gilbert

Graham is a barrister at 3PB. Having gained a wealth of knowledge in other areas, Graham has most recently begun accepting instructions in sports law matters and has a keen interest in regulatory and disciplinary aspects of the area, both domestically and internationally. He regularly prosecutes in prohibited substance matters for the British Horseracing Authority, as well as assisting with other disciplinary matters on the Authority's behalf.

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.

Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2020. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

->