England and Saracens wing Chris Ashton's ten-week suspension will stand after his appeal was not allowed by an independent Appeal Committee.
The committee announced its decision not to allow an appeal by the Saracens player against the suspension imposed on him as a result of a citing complaint arising from his club's Champions Cup match against Ulster on Saturday, 16 January.
Ashton's suspension therefore remains in place and he is free to play on Monday, 28 March.
The Appeal Committee consisting of Lorne Crerar (Scotland), Chairman, Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Roger Morris (Wales), heard the player's appeal in London on Wednesday before adjourning to give the matter further consideration.
At last month's Disciplinary Hearing, the independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noel Couraud (France), found that Ashton had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card in that the player had made contact with the eye(s) and/or eye area of the Ulster centre, Luke Marshall, during the match at Allianz Park in contravention of Law 10.4 (m).