A PERPLEXED Gillon McLachlan has revealed the AFL is considering taking Toby Greene's ban to the Appeals Board, saying three matches did not seem to correspond with the findings from the Tribunal.
Greene was found guilty of intentionally making "aggressive, demonstrative and disrespectful" contact to umpire Matt Stevic, and the Tribunal handed him a three-game suspension that will end his 2021 campaign.
The incident happened during Saturday's thrilling final between Greater Western Sydney and Sydney, and Greene was forced to sit in a rare morning Tribunal session ahead of the Giants' flight to Perth on Tuesday afternoon.
"I welcome the Tribunal verdict that it was intentional conduct and handing down a sanction. [But] if I’m honest, I find it hard, personally, to reconcile how it can be intentional conduct that was aggressive, demonstrative and disrespectful - it was found to be all of those things - and then only be three weeks," the AFL chief said while revealing the venue for this year's Grand Final.
McLachlan said the AFL asked for a six-match ban and he was finding it "hard to reconcile" how it could only be three.
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"As the CEO of the League, I'm saying to community leagues and others that I find the decision perplexing," he said.
"I’ve spoken to the lawyers about our appeal rights clearly. They’re looking at that at the moment."
McLachlan said a decision on the appeal would be made on Tuesday or Wednesday.
"We won’t muck around. You don’t appeal lightly, so we’ll get some advice, contextualise it all, and make a decision as quick as we can," he said.
The AFL has previously appealed three Tribunal decisions. In 2017, Bachar Houli was given a two match-ban for striking at the Tribunal before that was upgraded to four matches at the Appeals Board.
The AFL also appealed Tribunal verdicts handed down to Carlton brothers Ed and Charlie Curnow for umpire contact after both were originally hit with $1000 fines for careless umpire contact.
At the Appeals Board, Ed's charge was upgraded to intentional and he received a one-match ban, while Charlie was cleared.