MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Jobe Watson smiles as he speaks to the media about his AFL playing future during an Essendon Bombers AFL media session at St Bernard's College on September 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kevin Bartlett: Watson doesn’t deserve All-Australian spot

Richmond champion and SEN Radio host Kevin Bartlett says Jobe Watson should have lost his 2012 All-Australian spot.

Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin were named the joint winners of the 2012 Brownlow Medal on Tuesday, following Watson’s 12-month suspension from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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However, the league confirmed on Wednesday that Watson will be allowed to keep his spot in the 2012 All-Australian team, despite the ban for breaching WADA’s doping code.

Bartlett slammed the decision, saying on Thursday the performance enhancing drugs ban should result in the AFL stripping the 32-year-old of “all awards, prizes and honours”.

“The AFL Commission says it was a no-brainer to take the Brownlow Medal from Watson. If you are cold-blooded, you would have to take away all the other awards and honours too,” Bartlett said.

“In this case, the AFL has adhered to the rules in one instance (the Brownlow Medal) and not the other (the All-Australian team).

“What a mess this saga has been.”

The 2012 Brownlow Medal will be presented to Mitchell and Cotchin next month.

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