GWS midfielder Toby Greene will appeal the five-game ban and $5000 fine he received from his club for breaching the Giants’ code of conduct on a night out.
Greene is facing several serious assault-related charges following an incident on Monday night at a Melbourne nightspot.
He will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 25.
The club punishment, however, was for breaching club protocols by drinking alcohol after sustaining an injury and failing to properly notify the club after police charged him.
AFL Players Association official Brett Murphy said on Friday afternoon that the body considers the suspension is unwarranted, considering the circumstances.
The Giants released a short statement on Friday night revealing Greene would challenge the sanctions.
“The Greater Western Sydney Giants have been notified by the manager of Toby Greene that he intends to dispute a five match suspension and $5000 fine for breaching club protocols,” it read.
“The Board accepted a recommendation by the club’s player leadership group to impose sanctions on Greene for drinking alcohol while he was injured and failing to notify the club about an incident in Melbourne last Monday night.
“The Giants are seeking further advice from the AFL about the dispute resolution process and have no further comment to make at this stage.”