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Clermont Player Gets Lengthy Ban For Shoving Wayne Barnes During Champions Cup Game

Clermont Player Gets Lengthy Ban For Shoving Wayne Barnes During Champions Cup Game

Clermont backrow Viktor Kolelishvili has been suspended for 14 weeks for pushing referee Wayne Barnes during his side's Champions Cup loss to Ospreys on Friday night.

Wayne Barnes awarded a penalty against the Georgian at the time and he was subsequently cited for the incident.

The low end punishment for 'physical abuse of match officials' is 24 weeks.

From the EPCR's statement regarding Kolelishvili's suspension.

In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer found that Kolelishvili had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. He determined that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected 24 weeks as the appropriate entry point.

He added two weeks due to the player's poor disciplinary record before reducing the sanction by half of the entry point taking into account Kolelishvili's immediate apology to the referee, his subsequent remorse, guilty plea and good conduct at the hearing. He then imposed a suspension of 14 weeks.

Here's the incident.

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