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Fri Apr 25 10:15:01 SAST 2014

England winger Ashton attacked on night out

Sapa-AP | 17 September, 2012 08:590 Comments
Saracens v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership
Chris Ashton of Saracens is tackled by Geoff Parling (L) and Sam Harrison of Leicester Tigers during the Aviva Premiership match at Wembley Stadium on September 15, 2012 in London, England
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Saracens says England rugby winger Chris Ashton sustained minor cuts to his face after being attacked while on a night out celebrating an anniversary with his girlfriend.

The English club says a stranger approached a group of Saracens players, who were out with wives and girlfriends in London on Saturday. A friend of the stranger was then involved in a “brief altercation” with Ashton, who was attacked with a glass.

The 25-year-old Ashton didn’t require stitches.

Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths said in a statement released on Sunday “for clarity, Chris Ashton is not in trouble at all. On the contrary, he ... showed admirable restraint.” 

Ashton is a regular in the England team, scoring 15 tries in 26 appearances. He is in his first season with London club Saracens.

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