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Inappropriate remark (UI) - how would you rule and why

West
AQJ95
6
J1076
1063
North
K84
QJ75
A8
AJ95
East
106
A109
K95432
Q4
South
732
K8432
Q
K872
W
N
E
S
2
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

West opened with 2, alerted and explained when asked by North (a very experienced player) as "diamonds and spades, less than opening hand).  After 2NT by North and pass by East, South (somewhat less experienced than North) inquired about 2 as well and was told "at least 4-4 in diamonds and spades, less than opening hand".

 

South bid 3, alerted by North, who bid 3.  Before South bid again, she gasped loudly enough to be heard by everyone at the table "he said and diamonds and SPADES" and bid 4.  North bid very quick 4 which ended the auction.

 

The director was called to the table by East-West who presented their version of the events which was not disputed by North-South.  After the match ended, the director ruled that both sides are assigned "average" (0 IMPs).

 

What would you rule and why?

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