Rugby

Kolelishvili banned for 14-weeks for ref push

2016-01-19 22:16
Wayne Barnes (File)

Clermont-Ferrand - Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili has been banned for 14 weeks for bizarrely pushing the referee during his club's European Champions Cup loss at Welsh club Ospreys last week.

Kolelishvili was sinbinned for shoving referee Wayne Barnes during the tie which the French club lost 21-13 allowing the Welsh region go top of Pool 2.

The 26-year-old appeared before an independent disciplinary hearing in Paris on Tuesday which judged that the Georgian player's action warranted a red card.

It was determined that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected 24 weeks as the appropriate entry point.

The sanction was reduced taking into account Kolelishvili's immediate apology to the referee, his subsequent remorse, guilty plea and good conduct at the hearing.

Kolelishvili can play again at the end of April.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which of the six South African teams will progress furthest in this year's Super Rugby tournament?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.