Why Cornes believes Greene's apparent face grab is a "non-issue"

SEN - Sun, 15th Sep 2019 - 0 Comments

Kane Cornes believes GWS gun Toby Greene should not face scrutiny for his actions against Brisbane midfielder Lachie Neale in the Giants’ three-point Semi-Final win at the Gabba last night.

Greene appeared to put his hands in the face of Neale while he was at the bottom of the pack, leaving the Lions star grabbing his eye after the incident.

Greene was under fire for a similar incident last week, when he was fined $7500 for serious misconduct against Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli in the Giants’ 58-point Elimination Final victory.

But Cornes believes Greene has been treated unfairly during his time in the competition.

“It’s a non-story,” Cornes told AFL.com.au’s The Round So Far.

“If it’s not Toby Greene, we’re not even talking about it. He’s done nothing untoward.

“It is a non-issue. The way that Toby Greene gets assassinated from sections of supporters and media is comical.”

Cornes doubled down on his comments on Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show, saying that the AFL community targets Greene.

“I can’t see any evidence that he has run his hand over anyone’s face,” Cornes said.

“There is a complete witch-hunt out for Toby Greene and I’m sick of it.

“If it’s any other player in the competition, we don’t even talk about this.

“He hasn’t done anything wrong. For him to get $7500 for what he did last week is a joke.”

Greene was one of the Giants’ best players in Saturday night’s Semi-Final with 30 disposals and two goals.

Following their win over Brisbane, the Giants will now face Collingwood in the First Preliminary Final on Saturday at 4.35pm AEST at the MCG.