unbug writes: "Not all is well in the usually peaceful world of bridge. A small, hand-written sign reading "We did not vote for Bush", held up during the award ceremony at the World Championships in Shanghai by the winning USA women's team, has created a veritable thunderstorm. The culprits are now facing at least a one-year suspension and 200 hours of community service each provided they agree to apologize and say who came up with the idea in the first place. The United States Bridge Federation has threatened "greater sanction against anyone who rejects this compromise offer". The Federation is concerned that the team's action "reflects a complete disregard for the fact that the Chinese government, which does not exactly have a history of sympathetic views toward political dissent, provided the bulk of financial support for both the 2007 World Championship and the 2008 World Bridge Olympiad". The team members are mostly professional players who earn a large part of their income by playing in USBF and international tournaments."
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