The AFL has confirmed it volition entreaty the three-game suspension dealt to Greater Western Sydney superstar Toby Greene for making intentional interaction with an umpire.
The quality comes aft AFL main enforcement Gillon McLachlan said helium was "perplexed" and it was "hard to reconcile" the magnitude of the ban handed down astatine the tribunal hearing, adding that the league wanted a minimum of a six-match suspension.
Greene's three-game prohibition has wiped him from the do-or-die semi-final clash with Geelong astatine Perth Stadium connected Friday night, portion helium volition besides miss his side's preliminary last and expansive last fixtures if GWS qualify. If the Giants suffer to the Cats successful their semi-final, the two-time All-Australian volition miss the archetypal 2 rounds of adjacent season.
The AFL said successful a connection that footy operations manager Andrew Dillon had notified the AFL entreaty committee and the Giants of the league's determination to situation the suspension.
However, astatine the petition of GWS, the AFL has agreed to defer the proceeding until the extremity of the finals series.
"The AFL tribunal recovered that Greene's interaction with the umpire was intentional and that it was besides aggressive, disrespectful and demonstrative," the AFL said successful a statement.
"On that basis, Mr Dillon said the AFL had appealed the three-game suspension connected the ground that the authorisation imposed was manifestly inadequate.
"Mr Dillon reinforced that respect for umpires and the information of umpires successful our crippled is what our athletics is built connected and indispensable beryllium protected. As the keeper of the code, the AFL has a work to enactment successful the interests of each successful the sport."
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