Ashton handed four-week ban
Northampton wing Chris Ashton has received a four-week ban after being found guilty of dragging Leicester's Alesana Tuilagi off the pitch by his hair in Saturday's fiery east midlands derby.
Ashton, 24, denied the charge of unsportsmanlike conduct for the incident, which occurred in the first half of Northampton's 30-25 defeat at Welford Road and sparked a touchline brawl.
Tuilagi and Saints flanker Tom Wood were both sent off for punching. A disciplinary hearing on Tuesday night deemed their red cards to be sufficient punishment.
Ashton will miss Northampton's back-to-back Heineken Cup fixtures against Castres, the Christmas Eve Aviva Premiership clash with Bath and the New Year's Day trip to Newcastle.
The England wing will be available for Northampton again in time for the Friday night Premiership game against Harlequins on January 6.
Ashton, who was also ordered to pay £500 in costs, has 48 hours to lodge an appeal once he has received the full judgement.
Citing commissioner Mike Rafter issued level one citings - the equivalent of a yellow card - to Leicester duo Geordan Murphy and Horacio Agulla and Northampton lock Courtney Lawes for their roles in the mass brawl.
The players were not required to appear before the disciplinary panel and can continue playing.
Earlier in the evening, Northampton forward Phil Dowson was banned for two weeks after pleading guilty to a dangerous tackle on Saracens full-back Alex Goode in the Saints' 30-8 victory on November 26.
Dowson will miss the two Castres games and he was also ordered to pay £500 in costs.