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Chris Ashton bitten by Luis Suarez link

By Duncan Bech

Chris Ashton has been compared to Luis Suarez by Australia's Drew Mitchell in the latest football analogy used to characterise the England wing who has received a 13-week ban for biting.

Ashton has been sanctioned for an offence in Saracens' victory over Northampton on Saturday and when he returns in December he will have missed almost six months of 2016 as he served a 10-week suspension last season for making contact with the eyes or eye area of Ulster's Luke Marshall.

Saracens have until 24 hours after receiving the written judgement of the hearing's decision - due this morning - to decide whether there are grounds for an appeal.

Former England centre Will Greenwood has questioned why Ashton is repeatedly caught in "daft situations", adding "he's Mario Balotelli - someone give him a T-shirt, 'Why Always Me?'".

Veteran Wallabies wing Mitchell, however, used Twitter to remark that Suarez is a more accurate comparison in reference to the Barcelona striker's history of biting opponents.

"Sorry @WillGreenwood, @ChrisAshton1 is not the Mario Balotelli of Rugby... He is the Luis Suarez! There are just NO excuses," said Mitchell's tweet, which was accompanied by a thumbs down emoticon.

There appeared to be significant provocation from Northampton's Alex Waller, the player he is alleged to have bitten on two separate occasions staggered over a minute, but the nature of the offence means there is little sympathy for Ashton outside Allianz Park.

The 29-year-old pleaded not guilty to both counts and while a hearing that lasted five and a half hours agreed over the second incident, they found the first worthy of punishment.

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