GWS coach Leon Cameron says there was no malice in Toby Greene’s spit towards Anthony Miles.
In the second quarter of the Giants’ nine-point loss to Richmond, Greene appeared to take aim at his former AFL teammate, spitting in his direction at a free kick.
For a player served a five-week ban by the club for his part in a pub brawl last year, it was far from a good look.
But Cameron said Miles and Greene were “very close friends” and he was confident his on-baller wouldn’t have spat intentionally at the Tiger midfielder.
“I’m really confident Toby wouldn’t go down that track,” he said.
“I’d be very disappointed if it did happen in a threatening way, in a way that shouldn’t happen.
“I reckon Toby Greene’s a terrific lad for our footy club and I’d be backing Toby Greene in any day of the week.”
Greene was one of the Giants’ best with 23 touches and five clearances on a wet MCG day.
On their last outing at the home of football, GWS lost Shane Mumford, Phil Davis, Stephen Coniglio and Joel Patfull to injury.
But on Saturday, they showed they might just have enough to re-boot their finals campaign despite their third straight loss.
Cameron said not being able to finish the job was “disappointing”.
“Going in to three-quarter time 15 points up you’d always be hoping you can get over the line,” he said.
“But (Richmond) still had more of the footy.
“Effort was there but for 15 or 20 minutes they didn’t deliver on the basic fundamentals.”
The Giants are ninth with a win-loss ratio of 7-5 but play only two teams – Sydney and Fremantle – currently in the top eight during their run-in to September.