Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says that midfielder Lachie Neale felt contact in the nose, not the eye during an incident with Toby Greene in Saturday night’s Semi-Final clash against GWS.
Greene is set to miss GWS' Preliminary Final clash with Collingwood after being charged with making unreasonable or unnecessary contact to the eye region of Lachie Neale.
Not only did Neale tell Fagan that he didn’t get hit in the eye, but he was also unaware of who made contact with him.
“He felt contact,” Fagan told SEN Breakfast.
“He had no idea who it was. It wasn’t enough to stop him from playing on.
“It just caused a little bit of disturbance for a few seconds and he dusted it off and kept going.
“It wasn’t in the eye, it was more to the nose was what he said to me yesterday.”
GWS coach Leon Cameron confirmed on SEN’s Whateley that the club would head to the tribunal to challenge Greene’s ban.
It'll be Greene's second tribunal visit in as many weeks, after he was fined $7500 for serious misconduct against Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli in GWS’ 58-point Elimination Final win.
But Cameron believes the two incidents should be treated separately.
“Last week, Toby went to the tribunal and apologised for what happened,” Cameron said.
“But this week, we’ll go to the tribunal again and defend Toby but it’s a totally separate incident and it needs to be treated on its merits.
“That’s all, really, I can comment on because we’re going to the tribunal, but that’s the way the club will be approaching it.”
Cameron understands that more spotlight is on Greene because of the type of player he is, but he prefers to look at all the good things he does for the football club.
“I know people are going to look at that and make judgement calls,” the Giants coach said.
“I prefer to look at it as all the positives that Toby does bring.
“No doubt, because it’s Toby Greene, there’s going to be probably extra talk, like two or three players at every footy club.
“They’re going to create a little more interest than the others because of how they play the game in the manner that they play in.
“Now we know he’s a non-stop competitor and he just wants to win and he wants to win for his footy club.
“I look at that as a massive positive so on the weekend, he’s had 30-odd possessions, kicked two goals and helped us get to a Prelim.
“He’s not perfect but name a player in the AFL that is.”
Greene will aim to overturn his ban at the tribunal in order to face the Tigers in the First Preliminary Final at the MCG on Saturday at 4.35pm AEST.
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