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Toby Greene under fire over ugly kicking spree against Sydney

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Published 8 Septermber 2018 on news.com.au

GIANTS star Toby Greene has inexplicably got off scot-free with multiple fly-kicks on Sydney defenders during the Giants’ crushing 49-point thumping of their cross-town rivals on Saturday night.

Greene appears certain to come under scrutiny from AFL match review officer Michael Christian after he kicked both Aliir Aliir and Nick Newman in separate incidents that threaten to overshadow his team’s emphatic victory.

The Giants have won through to a semi-final against West Coast or Collingwood, but Greene will have to hold his breath to see if the AFL decides to take any action against him.

The umpires did not even award a free-kick in the final quarter when Greene stretched out his boot to stud Newman in the chest as the Swans defender ran back with the flight of the ball — prompting angry boos from Swans fans.

Greene was fined by the AFL over a similar incident last year when he kicked Bulldogs star Luke Dalhaus in the face. He avoided any suspension in that case.

Injured Giants star Heath Shaw defended Greene on Saturday night in an interview with Channel 7.

He also said he expects that coach Leon Cameron would have warned Greene about his controversial tactic at three-quarter time to make sure he is available to play next week.

“He’s just protecting his space,” Shaw said.

“He’s a gun player, he’s very smart.

“He’s one of those players fans love to hate.”

Other footy commentators were much more scathing of Green’s boots.

Tim Lane told 3AW Footy that Greene’s kick against Newman was a “disgrace”.

Swans great Nick Davis also told the ABC that the umpire’s failure to punish Greene has sent a bad message to junior footballers.

AFL Hall of Fame coach Terry Wallace told SEN the AFL must take action.

“Toby Greene has to be really careful when he’s putting his feet up in a kicking motion in those marking contests,” Wallace said.

“There has to be a ruling that doesn’t allow someone to do what Toby Greene is doing.”

Bulldogs great Bob Murphy also declared the game can’t allow Greene’s tactic to continue.

“He flirted with it twice (earlier in the game), but he really showed the studs on that third one,” Murphy told SEN.

“I think in terms of the spirit of the game, I just think we can’t have that in the game.

“I think we need to look at that being a free kick because he’s definitely using it as a tactic.

“We need to look at getting that out of the game via a free kick. It’s not a suspension.”

The four radio commentators led the outcry, while other commentators poked fun at the bizarre failure of the umpires to take any action.

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