Toby Greene to face AFL tribunal again

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GWS match-winner Toby Greene's AFL finals fate hangs in the balance after he was sent directly to the tribunal for brushing shoulders with umpire Matt Stevic amid an on-field debate.

The incident occurred at three-quarter time of the Giants' thrilling one-point win over Sydney on Saturday, which propelled Leon Cameron's men into a semi-final meeting with Geelong this Friday night.

Greene is in doubt for the sudden-death showdown and may not be available again until next season, with match review officer Michael Christian charging him on Sunday with "intentional umpire contact".

AFL rules state "contact with an umpire that is aggressive, forceful, demonstrative or disrespectful will be deemed intentional and the player will be directly referred to the tribunal".

The level of force is irrelevant.

Greene's fate at the tribunal will in part hinge on evidence provided by experienced whistleblower Stevic around the nature of his interaction with the Giants star.

Fresh camera angles of the incident came to light on Sunday, ending the debate over whether Greene made contact with Stevic.

GWS forward Harry Himmelberg is one of a string of players who have come to Greene's defence, along with Collingwood leaders Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams.

"I'm not sure there was too much in it to be honest," Himmelberg told AFL Nation on Sunday.

"There's always going to be a talking point when Toby is involved. We'll just let it run its course.

"He's one of those guys you love or you hate, and as a footy club we love him.

"He does play on the edge, but that's what we love about him."

Greene has a long tribunal record that includes a $1950 fine eight years ago for reckless umpire contact.

He completed a one-match ban late this season for a high elbow to Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield's throat, having failed to have the striking charge thrown out on appeal.

Greene also missed the Giants' preliminary final win over Collingwood two years ago for making contact with Brisbane star Lachie Neale's eye region.

GWS could also be without Tom Green (arm), Sam Reid (hamstring) and Isaac Cumming (ankle) against Geelong.

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