Melbourne great Garry Lyon has slammed the AFL’s decision to hit GWS forward Toby Greene with a fine, rather than a ban for his hit on Docker Reece Conca.
Greene appeared to lash out at Conca despite being unproved, with his right elbow connecting with Conca’s mid-section and sending the Docker to the turf.
Greene’s lengthy rap sheet didn’t work against him, with the 26-year-old escaping with a $1000 fine from Match Review Officer Michael Christian.
Speaking on SEN this morning, Lyon said while he expected the AFL’s notorious bad boy to be free to play next round, he didn’t agree with the decision.
“Why would you even worry talking about it? You’re allowed to backhand anyone these days,” the 226-gamer said.
“As I have said for weeks, just pay upfront. Just walk into the umpires’ rooms beforehand and say, ‘here’s $500’.
“And the umpire goes ‘what’s that for?’. ‘Well, I want a free swing at someone’.
“We’re not going to argue too much about the MRO because no one knows what is going on.”
The commentary comes after Richmond forward Tom Lynch copped three fines for striking without being suspended, despite being referred directly to the tribunal after his hit on Bomber Michael Hurley.
Lynch copped a host of criticism in light of the ugly behaviour, with teammate Jack Riewoldt admitting the 27-year-old hadn’t done himself any favours.
“Certainly he’s made his bed a little bit in terms of a couple of ones – and he would put his hand up and admit he’d done the wrong thing a couple of times,” he told SEN last week.
“But there’s a been fair pile on in the media I think and he was probably a bit stiff the second one was literally the last game of the footy frenzy and it felt like we talked about the Sam Collins incident for a month.
“He’d be rapt he’d be able to play this week.”