Essendon great Tim Watson says the public has been conditioned to the Bombers being stripped of points - but the AFL maintains it's too early to declare any punishment.
AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon and Essendon bosses and their legal team continue to dissect the interim document of more than 400 pages, detailing ASADA's investigation into the supplements saga at Windy Hill in 2011-12.
AFL deputy chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he was still hopeful a decision on any action to be taken would be made before the finals.
''But we have a process that has to play out,'' he said on Monday. ''First things first is to make a decision whether any action needs to be taken and there is the process after that.''
A decision on whether the fifth-placed Bombers are to be stripped of any premiership points would have to be made within the next fortnight, for it has implications for Carlton, North Melbourne, West Coast and Brisbane who could slip into the top eight.
There have yet to be any infraction notices issued to players, meaning they are free to keep playing - for now.
Watson, the father of Essendon captain Jobe, said the AFL's intentions appeared clear.
''The AFL operate as well, in fact even better, than a political party the way … that they leak out information,'' Watson said on SEN. ''They conditioned, I think, the general public a while ago to this whole idea that points were going to be taken away.
''I think they've already determined in their own minds, even before this report was handed down … that would be the punishment that was actually afforded to Essendon.''
McLachlan refused to buy into Watson's claim. ''I am not going to comment on what other people are saying,'' he said.
The Bombers could challenge any loss of points in the courts, and seek an injunction, allowing them to play finals.
The Bombers could also be hit with a major fine and lose draft picks. The future of coach James Hird also remains unclear although he maintains he is ''very confident'' of remaining as coach.