Despite being found guilty of serious misconduct, Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says his star half-forward will still play on the edge against Brisbane.
Toby Greene was involved in an incident with Marcus Bontempelli during their elimination final versus the Western Bulldogs on Saturday.
During the heated clash that involved plenty of spite, vision emerged of Greene digging his fingers into Bontempelli’s face, pulling hair and eventually forcing his forearm into the head of the Bulldogs star.
Toby Greene has been sent straight to the Tribunal for serious misconduct.
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Greene was sighted by the MRO and subsequently sent straight to the tribunal on Monday night. Despite the $7,500 fine, he avoided suspension.
The 25-year-old addressed the media after his hearing, and when asked if he will change the way he plays, Greene said unconvincingly, “I don’t know, we’ll wait and see what happens.” He then left the room.
Cameron didn’t want to single-out Greene when he spoke to AFL.com.au today.
“Toby plays on the edge, but so does Jeremy (Cameron), so does Harry (Himmelberg), so does (Shane) Mumford, so does (Jacob) Hopper, so does (Tim) Taranto, so does (Dayne) Zorko, so does (Stefan) Martin, so does (Lachie) Neale, so does (Jarryd) Lyons,” he said.
“There’s going to be 44 players on the edge on Saturday because it’s a cut-throat final.
“Did our guys push the limit a little bit because finals take you to another level? Probably.”
This Saturday night, GWS will play the Lions in a must-win semi-final at the Gabba.
“Brisbane has been outstanding at the contest so it’s going to be a war of attrition and it’ll be the last side standing after 120 minutes of brutal finals footy (that wins),” Cameron added.
The winner of the match will advance to the second preliminary final, where an in-form Collingwood awaits.