AFL Finals: GWS star Toby Greene makes contact with umpire in clash with Sydney
A moment of madness could cost GWS star Toby Greene his spot in his side’s upcoming semi final against Geelong in Perth.
Up by 18 points at the final change, Greene and his teammates were heading to the huddle when the GWS star had what can only be described as a brain fade.
Greene appeared to walk straight into umpire Matt Stevic and then verbally argued with the experienced man in yellow.
Commentator David King warned Greene now faced a lengthy stint on the sidelines for his actions.
“He’s in a lot of trouble. The umpires are a no-go zone,” he said on Fox Footy.
“I think he made a calculated decision. He made a big error and unfortunately he’ll miss a few weeks for me.”
Greene struggled to explain his actions when speaking to 7Sport after the match.
“I don’t know what it was. It was just in the moment,” he said.
“I was just talking to him about something in the game.”
Commentator Cameron Ling said Greene’s actions could cost him a semifinal against Geelong in Perth.
“Toby shouldn’t have done that. Yes Toby will have a case to answer for that,” he said.
“He could miss a final. He could miss a couple of finals for that.
“It was a brain fade. Umpires are absolutely off limits.”
Teammate Stephen Coniglio appeared shocked when told of Greene’s actions, while coach Leon Cameron was quick to defend his star.
“I thought he hit a Sydney player to be honest,” Coniglio said on Fox Footy.
“All I know is it wouldn’t have been intentional,” Cameron added.
GWS assistant Steve Johnson could be seen pulling Greene away and trying to calm him down at the three-quarter time break.
Commentator Daisy Pearce said Greene had a “head full of steam” after giving away a controversial free kick for making contact with the throat of Swan Justin McInerney.
Greene had won a high tackle free kick when he fended off McInerney seconds later.
His actions ensured his free kick was reversed.
“Someone needed to get to Toby Greene at three quarter time,” Pearce said.
GWS managed to hang on for a thrilling one-point win and will now travel to Perth to play Geelong in a do-or-die semi final at Optus Stadium.
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