MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Toby Greene and Nathan Wilson of the Giants celebrate after winning the round 21 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

AFLPA make statement regarding incident between Greene, Bulldogs fan

UPDATE: AFL Players’ Association General Manager of player relations Brett Murphy has slammed the incident involving GWS forward Toby Greene and a Western Bulldogs fan as disrespectful.

Earlier on Saturday, the Giants notified the AFL of a post-game incident involving a the fan and Greene, as it was alleged a Dogs fan poured beer over Greene as the Giants were exiting the field on Friday night.

“Buying a ticket to the footy does not grant fans the right to show such disrespect to the players,” Murphy told News Corp.

“The close proximity of players to fans is one of the great aspects of our game, and incidents like this threaten to ruin it for everyone.

“We have got full confidence that the AFL and Etihad Stadium will take appropriate action.”

The AFL has said it is reviewing all vision of the incident, and will continue to work through the investigation.


The GWS Giants have notified the AFL on Saturday morning of a post-game incident involving a Western Bulldogs fan and Giants forward Toby Greene.

It was alleged a Dogs fan poured beer over Greene as the Giants were exiting the field on Friday night, after their clash with the Dogs at Etihad Stadium.

The Giants have also asked broadcasters Channel Seven if they have coverage of the incident, which happened as Greene was walking up the race following his side’s 48-point win.

Greene has a history with the Western Bulldogs, and was suspended for two matches in their first meeting this season after striking Caleb Daniel in a marking contest.

Fans also booed Greene on Friday night after his foot made contact with Luke Dahlhaus’ face in the third quarter, which sent the Dog off the ground with a blood rule.

Giants defender Heath Shaw confirmed there was an incident post-game on Melbourne radio station SEN on Saturday morning, and said the club was looking into the matter.

“Yeah, there was a bit said after the game,” 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 midfielder Dylan Shiel also confirmed an incident took place, when he appeared on Fox Footy on Saturday.

“That’s the way Toby plays. He’s high energy and plays on the edge,” he told Fox Footy.

“That’s disappointing to hear but I can’t comment to much on that.

“No one likes to see that, it’s not a good look for the sport. To hear that happened is disappointing.

“He’s pretty happy after the win. It’s really impressive for a guy who gets reported, some can go into their shell, but Toby put it behind him and showed how strong he is mentally.”

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