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AFL re-awards 2012 medal in wake of Essendon doping scandal

Associated Press Associated Press 15/11/2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian Football League has re-awarded its Brownlow Medal for the best player of the 2012 season after Essendon star Jobe Watson surrendered the prize in the wake of a doping scandal involving his club.

The AFL Commission on Tuesday ruled that Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and former Hawthorn player Sam Mitchell will share the game's most prestigious award after finishing in a share of second spot in the original vote.

The status of Watson's Brownlow Medal was in doubt once the Court of Arbitration of Sport ruled against 34 Essendon players in January.

Watson was one of 33 past or present Essendon players sanctioned over the club's use of banned supplements in 2012.

The club was stripped of competition points, and a coach was banned during the long-running saga.

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