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Greene targeted with vile online abuse, considers police action

Toby Greene’s management is prepared to go to police over a person who made highly offensive comments about the Greater Western Sydney star on his partner’s social media account.

The AFL’s integrity unit has been made aware of the Instagram post, a direct message to Greene’s partner which told the star forward to kill himself.

The message was sent in the aftermath of Greene’s suspension for making contact with umpire Matt Stevic. Greene received a three-match ban for the incident against Sydney in last Saturday’s elimination final.

Toby Greene has been suspended after bumping umpire Matt Stevic during the Giants’ elimination final win over Sydney.

Toby Greene has been suspended after bumping umpire Matt Stevic during the Giants’ elimination final win over Sydney.

Greene’s manager, Paul Connors, said his client wanted to know the identity of the person who sent the deeply offensive post.

“We’re trying to find the identity [of the person who sent the post] and if we do, we’re more than happy [for] it to be handed over to the police,” said Connors.

The police have not yet been informed.

AFL Players’ Association chief executive Paul Marsh said he had seen the offending post and that the account had clearly been set up for “the specific purpose of trolling Toby”.

Marsh said it was very similar to an attack on Port Adelaide star Aliir Aliir in that a social media account had been created with the aim of abusing the player. In Aliir’s case, Marsh said it was a racist attack.

“What sort of sick human being would resort to this sort of level?” Marsh said.

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