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Ben Collins with AAP  August 12, 2017 7:50 PM

WATCH: Cup thrown at Giant Toby Greene A member of the crowd allegedly threw a cup of beer at Toby Greene after the win over the Bulldogs

THE AFL will examine match and security vision after a Western Bulldogs fan allegedly poured beer over controversial Greater Western Sydney star Toby Greene.

The incident took place in the Giants' player race at Etihad Stadium as they left the field after their 48-point win over the reigning premiers on Friday night.

Greene had once again incurred the wrath of Bulldogs fans in the third quarter when he was reported for rough conduct after his right boot caught Luke Dahlhaus in the mouth, forcing the Dogs midfielder off the field under the blood rule.

Greene had received a two-match suspension for striking diminutive Dog Caleb Daniel in round six and was playing his first game back after serving another two-match ban.

After the Dahlhaus incident, Greene was booed by Bulldogs fans for the rest of the match. 

The Giants lodged an official complaint with the AFL on Saturday morning about the alleged beer incident.

A League spokesman told AFL.com.au on Saturday: "The Giants contacted us this morning and said that Toby Greene had had beer poured on him as he was leaving the ground. Over the next 24 hours we'll go through any broadcast and security vision and see if we can identify anyone (responsible for it)."

AFLPA general manager of player relations Brett Murphy was disappointed by the "disrespect" shown to Greene on Friday night.

"Buying a ticket to the footy does not grant fans the right to show such disrespect to the players," he told News Corp on Saturday.

"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."

Greene's teammate Heath 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." 

Giants co-captain Phil Davis described the incident as "very disappointing". 

"I don't think that's what we players deserve,” Davis told 3AW. 

"It's just not right. We as footballers deserve our right to walk off the ground without having beer thrown on us." 

On Friday night, Giants coach Leon Cameron defended Greene's high contact with Dahlhaus. 

"I understand there's going to be a lot of hysteria about Toby," Cameron said post-match.

"But clearly he has got his eyes on the ball so what he's done is protected himself. He's got his eyes firmly placed on the footy. 

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"These little unfortunate things happen in footy.

"Obviously the powers that be will look at it ... but they need to judge Toby Greene on his merits."