An absolute legend, we were lucky to have seen him play. A beautiful tribute to the man from not only his friends and colleagues but also from his "enemies". Just goes to prove what a great game rugby is.
Do you honestly believe that he is innocent? He is looking no where near Tom Youngs (yes, my mistake) and directly at Barnes when the immortal words are spoken. You have to ask the question of how he expected to get away with it with such a juvenile excuse.
ESPN show the replay without audio, but its blatantly obvious who Hartley directed the insult at, and it was not Tom Wood. This man has a long history of indiscipline and fully deserves the sanction. From junior rugby upwards, respect for the referee is instilled into the players and is part of what makes rugby union the great game we all enjoy today.