GWS match-winner Toby Greene has attempted to brush off a heated on-field discussion with AFL umpire Matt Stevic in which he appeared to bump into the match official.
- Greene was filmed having an animated chat with an umpire at three-quarter-time
- He appeared to make a beeline for the whistle-blower and seemingly made physical contact
- The AFL takes a dim view of players making any form of contact with an umpire
The Sherrin finished in the arms of a euphoric Greene at the end of Saturday’s epic elimination final, which the Giants won by one point to advance to a semi-final against Geelong.
Greene booted three goals and was awarded a match-sealing free kick for high contact in the final seconds of the drama-laden game, ending Sydney’s hopes of victory.
Earlier, Greene was captured by TV cameras while having an animated chat with Stevic at three-quarter-time.
The small forward, most likely querying a momentum-shifting decision to reverse a free kick late in the third quarter, made a beeline for the whistle-blower then seemingly bumped him with his shoulder.
“I don’t know what it was. It was just in the moment and certainly would never touch him,” Greene told Channel Seven.
“I was just talking to him about something in the game, but yeah.”
It was not enough to knock Stevic off course or to the ground but the league takes a dim view of players making any form of contact with an umpire, meaning Greene is likely to be in hot water.
“Anything unnecessary or careless, they are hot on it … it will be looked at,” AFLW star and Seven commentator Daisy Pearce said.
Former Geelong captain Cameron Ling agreed, noting Greene should have changed course.
No modern-day player has been found guilty by the AFL’s disciplinary process more than Greene, who has accumulated almost $30,000 in match-review fines.
Greene’s leadership as stand-in skipper played a key part in his side’s return to finals after a horrible 2020, while the combative forward has largely managed his white-line fever this season.
Greene’s recent one-game ban has been his only suspension of 2021, while he escaped with a fine for striking Carlton’s Nic Newman earlier in the season.