WATCH: Referee Wayne Barnes unceremoniously shoved out of the way by Clermont player

Ref surprisingly chose not to punish the player

WATCH: Referee Wayne Barnes unceremoniously shoved out of the way by Clermont player

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A referee in any sport is supposed to be untouchable.

In rugby particularly there always seems to be that extra level of respect in comparison to some other disciplines.

However, in tonight's Champions Cup game between Ospreys and Clermont, referee Wayne Barnes was observing a ruck when Clermont's Georgian flanker Viktor Kolelishvili charged from his defensive line to shove the official without an iota of subtlety:

Surprisingly Barnes did not punish the player with the sin bin, simply awarding a penalty to Ospreys.