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Video: Brian O'Driscoll reacts to Clermont player shoving referee Wayne Barnes

Published 16/01/2016 | 10:29

Wayne Barnes was shoved by a player during the encounter between the Ospreys and Clermont
Wayne Barnes was shoved by a player during the encounter between the Ospreys and Clermont

Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili could be investigated by rugby authorities after pushing referee Wayne Barnes during Friday’s game between Ospreys and Clermont.

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The incident occurred in the first-half of his Clermont side’s defeat at the Liberty Stadium as Kolelishvili grew frustrated with Barnes’ positioning.

The Georgian then shoved the English official as Ospreys prepared to launch another attack, leading to cries of derision from the crowd.

Barnes immediately brought play to a halt but decided against showing Kolelishvili either a yellow or red card, instead only awarding a penalty against him, which was then converted by Dan Biggar.

Barnes, who refereed the World Cup semi-final between Australia and Argentina last year, also told Kolelishvili: “If I’m standing in your way please just ask me to move.”

The pair then shook hands.

But that may not be enough to save Kolelishvili if he is cited for the incident – although many have praised Barnes for not taking a stricter view of the shove.

“What a nuts thing to do! Fair play to Wayne Barnes for not over-reacting,” tweeted Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll.

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