THE AFL is likely to issue Western Bulldogs AFLW coach Nathan Burke with a "please explain" in relation to his behaviour towards umpires. understands that Burke's frustrations with umpires came to a head on Sunday.

Burke coaches from the interchange bench, and his path crossed with the umpires leaving the field at the conclusion of the Dogs' five-point elimination final loss to Collingwood on Sunday.

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No words were exchanged, but a pointed look was sent the umpires' way.

Nathan Burke addresses the Western Bulldogs players during the S7 second elimination final match against Collingwood at Victoria Park. Picture: AFL Photos

Burke's passionate post-match celebrations following the Dogs' last-gasp win over Carlton in round 10 – which earned them a finals berth – raised a few eyebrows as it included him hurling an object into the dugout. But understands that isn't included in the "please explain".

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At Ikon Park, the umpires' bench is between the home and away teams' benches.