Toby Greene’s finals fate hangs in the balance after the GWS linchpin was sent directly to the AFL tribunal for brushing shoulders with umpire Matt Stevic amid an on-field debate.
The incident occurred at three-quarter time during the Giants’ thrilling one-point win over the Sydney Swans in Launceston on Saturday.
The result propelled the Giants into a semi-final meeting with Geelong this Friday night.
Greene is in doubt for the sudden-death showdown and may not be available again until next season, with match review officer Michael Christian charging him on Sunday with “intentional umpire contact”.
AFL rules state “contact with an umpire that is aggressive, forceful, demonstrative or disrespectful will be deemed intentional and the player will be directly referred to the tribunal”.
The level of force is irrelevant.
More to come.
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