AFL umpires' boss Jeff Gieschen has ticked off eight of the nine controversial deliberate out-of-bounds decisions from last Friday night's game in Perth, defending the actions of the umpires.
Gieschen said only one of the decisions — awarded against West Coast's Eric Mackenzie — was found by the weekly umpiring review to be incorrect.
He said he would speak to Geelong coach Chris Scott this week about the spike in deliberate out-of-bounds decisions, which amounted to nine in the Geelong-West Coast game compared to a season average of fewer than one.
Gieschen denied that there had been a recent instruction to the umpires to crack down — as Scott suggested — although he admitted that deliberate out-of-bounds had been a focus point at the start of this season.
Asked if he was offended by Scott's post-match comments, he said: "Not at all, really, because I understand the emotion. Albeit I was there for a short time as a coach. But I understand the emotion as a coach, being beaten on the road by a narrow margin when you've played your heart out all night.
"Obviously nine deliberates on one night is above what we've had. But I can understand where Chris is coming from, but I certainly didn't take it personally. I think when Chris goes back and has a look at it he'd agree with us that intent was there on eight of nine of those occasions."