Greater Western Sydney Giants star Toby Greene’s father remains behind bars after making no application for bail following his arrest at the AFL Grand Final for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
Michael Greene, 60, allegedly assaulted the female police officer at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday as he was being escorted from the ground for being too intoxicated.
Police are believed to have removed Mr Greene from male bathrooms at about 5pm after complaints from other spectators.
Greater Western Sydney Giants star Toby Greene’s father Michael Greene (pictured) was arrested at the AFL Grand Final for allegedly assaulting a police officer
Greene, 60, (pictured) allegedly assaulted the female police officer at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday as he was being escorted out for being too intoxicated
Mr Greene appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Sunday where he made no application for bail, The Herald Sun reported.
He was charged with intentionally causing serious injury, assaulting and resisting police.
Mr Greene’s lawyer told the court told he required Valium and suboxone while he remained in police custody.
Suboxone, or Buprenorphine, is an opioid used to ‘treat opioid addiction, acute pain, and chronic pain’.
Mr Greene and his 26-year-old son are understood to be estranged and haven’t had a solid relationship in about two decades.
‘Toby is estranged from his father,’ the AFL star’s mother Kate told Seven News on Sunday.
‘His father has battled mental health issues and has had nothing to do with this family for over 20 years.’
Victoria Police confirmed a man was removed from the grounds after he allegedly headbutted a female officer.
A second female officer was also allegedly bitten prompting Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to hit out at behaviour leading to the alleged incidents.
Toby Greene’s (pictured) cousin Finley took his own life in June, as the GWS star and his team worked toward qualifying for their first grand final appearance
It is just not good enough that police should be subjected to that sort of behaviour,’ Mr Ashton said.
‘Any violence towards police officers is abhorrent and is to be deplored.
‘The sort of issues our police are dealing with these days is getting progressively more difficult.
Mr Greene appeared in court dressed in a blue shirt over what appeared to be an orange footy jumper.
Toby’s finals campaign was difficult at best prior to his dad’s arrest.
The half-forward flank’s 20-year-old cousin Finley took his own life in June, as the GWS star and his team worked toward qualifying for their first grand final appearance.
His mother, Kate Greene told 3AW how she had no choice but to break the news to her son over the phone.
‘I had to ring up Toby in Sydney and tell him what happened and he just drove straight to the airport in his shorts and thongs and jumped on the first plane to come home,’ she said.
Toby Greene’s younger cousin Finley, (pictured together as children) tragically took his own life earlier this year
Finley (pictured) was just 20 at the time of his death. Greene was going to dedicate the premiership to his late cousin if his team were able to topple the Tigers
‘Since that, we’re just picking up the pieces.’
Toby was going to dedicate the premiership to his late cousin if his team were able to topple the Tigers.
‘If he wins, he’ll be doing it for Finley,’ Ms Greene said.
‘There’s nothing that will ever make this any better, it’s the most tragic thing that can happen to a family, but it might give us a little bit of happiness for the day.’
Instead, it was Ms Greene’s ex-husband who stole the show at the MCG on Saturday.
Toby previously said his parents separated when he was five or six, but that both his parents tried their best to raise him.
‘I don’t think I had a difficult upbringing,’ he told The Herald Sun in 2017.
‘Mum and dad were pretty much the complete opposite. Mum was a really good mum. I went to a private school, got a scholarship to Wesley and that was lucky, and dad sort of had some troubles growing up.
‘He’s still a good dad, but he couldn’t control himself sometimes I guess.’
Mr Greene and his son are allegedly estranged and haven’t had a solid relationship in recent years
Toby acknowledged he and his dad had some difficult and sometimes terse interactions growing up – particularly when his father was intoxicated.
But he said his father’s heart was always in the right place.
‘He is one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet. If you ask all my mates, he always looked after us really well, he just let so much go. He’s really caring, really understanding, but he’s just put his body through too much.’
A spokeswoman for the GWS Giants refused to comment on the matter allegedly involving Toby’s father.
New legislation recently introduced by the Victorian government requires courts to hand out a minimum sentence of six months behind bars for anybody convicted of assaulting an emergency worker.
Greene was one of 43 people who were ejected from the grand final match on Saturday.
Most of those people were removed for behaviour issues, while others smuggled alcohol and drugs into the event.
Flares were set off in the crowded Richmond precinct as thousands of fans celebrated the win
Police move in as flares are set off on Swan Street as Tigers fans celebrate their team’s victory in the 2019 AFL Grand Final
Other offences included ticketing violations and assaulting police officers.
Two men from Brookfield were also charged with assaulting police.
A 21-year-old allegedly bit an officer, who required treatment in hospital after the attack, while a 27-year-old was charged for hitting an officer on the back of the head.
A further six people were arrested during post match celebrations of the Richmond Tigers 89 point victory over the Giants.
Fans lit flares and set fire to GWS merchandise in celebration of the win.
Dramatic images show police moving into the crowd to protect fans as mobs of rowdy spectators made their way to Swan Street.
Toby Greene’s team lost by 89 points in the deciding match against the Richmond Tigers