Clermont's Kolelishvili hit with 14-week ban for pushing Wayne Barnes


Clermont Auvergne's Viktor Kolelishvili has been hit with a 14-week suspension for pushing Wayne Barnes in last Friday's defeat against the Ospreys.

The incident occurred in the first-half of the match with the Ospreys camped on Clermont's 22. Kolelishvili was defending to the left of the ruck and stepped out of the line to push Barnes out of the way. The Georgian then made a gesture as if to say Barnes should have moved.

Barnes then paused the game to give Kolelishvili a talking to and awarded a penalty against the Georgian and the referee said to the player: "If I'm standing in your way please just ask me to move."

The openside was cited by tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby and has been hit with a lengthy suspension. The judicial officer David Martin deemed the offence worthy of a red card and hit him with a 24-week suspension with two further weeks added on for his poor disciplinary record. But this was reduced to 14 taking into account Kolelishvili's apology to Barnes and guilty plea.

Kolelishvili can appeal the decision and is free to play again on April 25, 2016.

Meanwhile, Castre flanker Alexandre Bias has been banned for one week, following his sending off against Newport Gwent Dragons last Friday.

Bias was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on Phil Price and will now miss his side's home Challenge Cup tie against Pau.