‘It doesn’t look good’ as GWS star faces AFL tribunal

‘It doesn’t look good’ as GWS star faces AFL tribunal



GWS star Toby Greene is in dock on Tuesday morning and the AFL community is divided over whether he should be banned by the AFL tribunal for making contact with a referee.

Greene ran shoulder-to-shoulder with umpire Matt Stevic on Saturday during the Giants’ elimination final win over Sydney and was later charged with intentional contact with the umpire.

While many current and former players have come to Greene’s defense, many other observers believe he will be rubbed out of the Giants’ semifinal showdown with Geelong.

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan and Port Adelaide counterpart Ken Hinkley expect Greene to miss at least a week.

“It doesn’t look good,” Fagan said on Fox Footy.

“I don’t think we can tolerate contact with umpires, so for me personally I think he (Greene) is in a bit of trouble.

“As much as we love to see him play and he entertains us and brings life to the game, you just can’t do that kind of thing.

“It’s a good memory for everyone.”

Hinkley said Greene’s prominent and long tribunal history should not influence the outcome, but extra respect for umpires was “non-negotiable”.

“You don’t abuse and you don’t go near umpires — you respect them for what they bring into play,” Hinkley said.

“It would be a terrible game without them. It’s a difficult situation, but it looks pretty clear.”

Greene’s hearing was set to begin at 9:00 a.m. AEST, brought forward to help GWS with travel plans.

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