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‘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 the dock on Tuesday morning with the AFL community split over whether he should receive a ban at the AFL Tribunal for making contact with an umpire.


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

While many current and former players have come to Greene’s defence, plenty of other observers believe he wll be rubbed out of the Giants’ semi-final showdown with Geelong.

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

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

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


“As much as we all love watching him play and he entertains us and brings life to the game, you just can’t do that sort of stuff.

“It’s a good reminder to everyone.”

Hinkley said Greene’s high profile and long tribunal history should not affect the outcome but added respect for umpires was a “non-negotiable”.

“You don’t abuse and you don’t go near umpires – you respect them for what they bring to the game,” Hinkley said.

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


Greene’s hearing was scheduled to start at 9am AEST, brought forward to help GWS with travel plans.

The Giants face further issues with Tom Green out for the season with a fractured radius.

Isaac Cumming (ankle) and Sam Reid (hamstring) are also in doubt after suffering injuries in Saturday’s epic elimination final while Brent Daniels (hamstring) and Xavier O’Halloran (calf) are not expected to return.