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Ashton attacked on night out
ESPN Staff
September 16, 2012
Saracens' Chris Ashton halts Sam Harrison, Saracens v Leicester Tigers, Aviva Premiership, Wembley, London, September 15, 2012
Chris Ashton struggled to make an impact at Wembley © Getty Images
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England and Saracens winger Chris Ashton suffered minor injuries after he was attacked during a night out in London on Saturday.

The 25-year-old was with fellow Saracens players, their wives and girlfriends, on a night out following Saracens's 9-9 draw with Leicester Tigers at Wembley, when a stranger approached the group and started an argument which ended with Ashton being hit.

"Some bloke decided to spoil an evening out for me and my misses. No stitches needed," he wrote on Twitter.

A Saracens statement read: "A brief altercation occurred, which resulted in a friend of this stranger attacking Chris Ashton with a glass. The Saracens winger suffered two minor cuts on the left side of his face, but neither required stitches."

Saracens CEO Edward Griffiths added: "Since arriving at the club, Chris has proved himself an outstanding member of the Saracens family, on and off the field. It is a reality that well known sports people are provoked by strangers and subsequent events are instantly tweeted.

"People will inevitably see this story and say an England rugby player is in trouble again. For clarity, Chris Ashton is not in trouble at all. On the contrary, he was celebrating an anniversary with his girlfriend and showed admirable restraint."

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