Fans split over Jobe’s Brownlow

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Jobe Watson at Essendon training earlier this year. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

FOOTY fans aren’t sure if suspended Essendon skipper Jobe Watson should be stripped of his 2012 Brownlow Medal win.

A decision on Watson’s medal is yet to be made, with Essendon’s 34 current and retired AFL players still appealing their suspension through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Should the Bombers’ appeal fall short, the AFL Commission will rule on whether Watson is allowed to keep his medal.

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Footy fans appear divided on the matter.

In this year’s AFL Footy Fans’ Survey, fans are asked: ‘Should Jobe Watson keep his 2012 Brownlow Medal?’

With voting still open until midnight Wednesday, the voting is tight — 57 per cent believe the champ should not be able to keep his medal after Essendon’s doping saga but 43 per cent believe he should.

The subject also sparked debate in this week’s SuperFooty Podcast (listen below).

While the AFL has not announced what might happen in the event Watson was to be stripped of his medal, Herald Sun footy writers Jon Anderson and Mick Warner discussed the prospect of joint runner-ups Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin being crowned winners.

“I hope that’s not the case,” Ando said.

“The AFL doesn’t have to follow WADA (rules) — they can make their own call on it. They can make whatever call they like.”

Mick said it would be “ridiculous” if the league then didn’t strip Watson should the Essendon verdict reach finality.

The pair agreed the AFL might prefer an “off-Broadway” ceremony.

“They won’t want to highlight it, will they? How unfair is it on those two? Those two deserve their moment in the sun.”

LISTEN TO THE BOYS ON JOBE’S BROWNLOW, THE IMPROVING SAINTS, TOP-OF-THE-LADDER HAWKS AND MORE IN THIS WEEK’S SUPERFOOTY PODCAST

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