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AFL informed by GWS of post-match incident where Bulldogs fan poured beer over Toby Greene

12 August 2017 1:45 AM
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AFL informed by GWS of post-match incident where Bulldogs fan poured beer over Toby Greene

THE AFL has been informed of a post-match incident which saw a Western Bulldogs fan pour beer over under-fire GWS forward Toby Greene.

Greene was the main talking point following the Giants’ 48-point win on Friday night after being reported for a kick to the face of Luke Dahlhaus.

The Match Review Panel will determine Greene’s fate on Monday after he kicked out while taking possession of the ball in midair. His stray boot caught the face of Dahlhaus, forcing him from the field.

The Giants have informed the league that as Greene walked up the race after the win, beer was poured over him by a fan.

GWS midfielder Dylan Shiel told Fox Sports News he was disappointed by the incident.

“I’ve been made aware of that. It’s disappointing to hear,” Shiel said on AFL Today.

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“No-one likes to see that. It’s not a good look for the sport when that’s happening to the athletes.

“We’re playing our game, we want to be safe and be able to entertain the crowd. To hear that that happened was disappointing.”

The Giants have asked broadcasters Channel 7 if they have any vision of the incident, reports Neil Cordy of The Daily Telegraph.

“Yeah, there was a bit said after the game,” fellow Giant Heath Shaw told SEN.

“Obviously Toby’s a close mate of mine and he said that something happened on the way down the race. I don’t think the Bulldogs fans were too happy with Toby after the game.

“Something along those lines happened and the club are looking into it. The powers that be are going to deal with it. There’s not really a lot that I can say on the matter, but it’s not great.

“I didn’t think anything was going to happen - it’s a funny game, football, when you’re getting booed then you’re doing something wrong or you’re doing something right.

“Usually you’re a good player from an opposition team if you’re getting booed and that’s exactly what Toby is.”

GWS coach Leon Cameron said post-match he believed Greene was protecting himself when his boot made contact with the face of Dahlhaus.

“I had a look at the incident and look I understand there’s going to be hysteria about Toby but clearly he has his eyes on the ball so what he’s done is he’s protected himself,” Cameron said after the match.

“And I am never, ever, ever going to take away from a player who’s got his eyes on the footy … these unfortunate things happen in footy.

“Obviously the powers that be will look at it, because it is what it is, but they need to judge Toby Greene on his merits.”

Shiel backed his coach’s comments, telling AFL Today “from what I could see, he (Greene) had eyes for the footy and was only protecting himself.”

Greene has previously been suspended twice this season with fans on Friday night at times booing the controversial small forward.

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