GWS Giants player Toby Greene’s season is officially over after he was found guilty by the AFL tribunal after he made intentional contact with an umpire during his side’s thrilling elimination final win against the Sydney Swans in Launceston on Saturday.
Greene was sent straight to the tribunal after he bumped into umpire Matt Stevic but pleaded not guilty to the charge.
After a marathon hearing which lasted four hours, the jury ultimately determined that the contact was deliberate and warranted a lengthy suspension. The incident was labelled as a “barroom act” and deserved “serious consequence” according to AFL counsel Jeff Gleeson
Greene is no stranger to the AFL judiciary. Just three weeks ago, Greene was suspended for one week after a stray elbow injured the throat of Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield in Round 21. Greene also missed the Giants’ preliminary final win in 2019 due to a one week suspension he received after clashing with Brisbane’s Lachie Neale the week prior.
The suspension is a blow to the Giants’ premiership hopes in Season 2021 as it’s widely known Greene is the barometer for a team that has been branded as inconsistent.
AFL commentator and sports radio veteran Gerard Whateley advocated for the ban leading up to the tribunal hearing, believing the incident showed a lack of respect to umpires and posed a bad look for the game.
The GWS Giants will face the Geelong Cats on Friday Night in a do-or-die semi final at Optus Stadium in WA. The victor will play the Melbourne Demons for a chance to play in the 2021 AFL Grand Final.