Former boxing world champion Danny Green says there is "not much" in Melbourne defender Tom Bugg's punch that knocked out Sydney youngster Callum Mills on Friday night.
Bugg’s case has been sent directly to the AFL Tribunal and will be heard on Tuesday night, with the expectation the Dee is to face at least a month on the sidelines for his punch to the jaw of Mills.
However upon viewing the incident, Green, the face of a public campaign to stop coward punches, believes Bugg is unlucky to have actually knocked out his Swans opponent and that his looming suspension is not totally deserved.
“There’s not much in that incident whatsoever,” he told SEN’s The Run Home.
“It was very bad luck on Tom’s behalf that he actually landed the shot.
“He got bumped and all he sort of did was lash out with an arm. It wasn’t like he was trying to hit him or trying to hurt him. He was just lashing out.
“He was going for a punch to the guts or to the chest, a bit of a push-punch. There was nothing in it.
“(Mills) has sort of lowered his head unfortunately and it clipped him on the chin.
“Obviously he doesn’t have a strong chin, he’s got knocked out and got concussed pretty badly. It looks far worse than what the intent of what Tom Bugg was doing.
“That’s a tough one because he is probably going to get rubbed out but he didn’t really do a lot. He didn’t mean to knock the bloke out.”