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Bulldogs coach slams AFL umpire

AAP logoAAP 12/08/2016 Rob Forsaith

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge senses an impeded view may have been to blame for a highly-controversial freekick in Friday night's AFL clash.

The Bulldogs pipped Collingwood by three points, holding on to their lead during a frantic final minute at Etihad Stadium.

They had to work all the harder after Lin Jong was penalised for deliberate out of bounds.

Umpire Dean Margetts deemed Jong had no interest in keeping the ball alive.

Margetts ignored the pleas of Bulldogs players, who pointed out Marcus Bontempelli was in the vicinity.

"Jongy's tapping it to his teammate (Bontempelli)," Beveridge said.

"So whether or not the umpire couldn't see his teammate running, whether he was impeded I don't know.

"But yeah it wasn't a freekick. He was just trying to tap it to his teammate."

Beveridge was respectful but didn't attempt to downplay the importance of the decision.

"It was a crucial part of the game," he said.

"But I just have faith that the umpire didn't see (Bontempelli) .. he must not have seen him."

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