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IMHO evidence against FN and FS is 10/10. Volume, quality and independent analysis. WE is 8/10, less volume, less quality and less independent analysis. ZB evidence is 7/10, mainly because of all the noise generated by them makes the signals hard to identify and analyze.

As for punishment, I dont advocate a lesser penalty for WE and no change for the others. I think the punishment should fit the crime. 5 years for WE given their advanced age and expected remaining bridge career. 15 years for the other pairs. That would be justified. 10 years for BZ would be appropriate.
July 21, 2016
Lars Andersson edited this comment July 21, 2016
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Wladow-Elinescu get 10 years on relatively weak evidence. FN and FS get 5 years on overwhelming and detailed evidence. WE are in their 70s making it a life sentence. FN/FS can return and play for many more years. Is this justice?
July 21, 2016
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Omitting Monaco players makes sense. Omitting other teammates would IMHO be justified.
July 21, 2016
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I would like to quote the swedish poet Esaias Tegner, unfortunately most of you wouldn't understand so here is a loose translation: “What is unclearly said is unclearly thought”

That seems to be the norm for anything the WBF and its lawyers publishes.
July 20, 2016
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Just as a reminder. These are the FN “major tournament wins” from Wikipedia:

Bermuda Bowl: 2005
World Team Olympiad: 2004
World Mind Sports Games: Open Teams 2008 — successor to the quadrennial Olympiad
World Transnational Open Teams Championship: 2007
World Open Pairs: 2002
Spingold: 2011, 2012
European Teams Championships: 2004, 2006
European Champions' Cup for Open Teams: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009

There are a number of other high finishes as well.

I have yet to hear one player of their teams utter one word of regret or even displeasure of having played with them.
July 20, 2016
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Time for the many teammates who have benefited from the FN cheating to step up and show some moral fibre. I am not holding my breath waiting for that though.
July 18, 2016
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Makes me assume they will give FN 5 years. More evidence and no confession. Unless the godfather thinks differently of course.
June 19, 2016
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And no moral backbone! That will serve him well as it did Hitler, Stalin, Putin or Trump.
June 15, 2016
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England is very similar to the football team. Good names, high expectations and rarely perform. They need Sven… :-D
June 15, 2016
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Do they (FS) cough a lot during the proceedings?
June 5, 2016
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If the EBL is so strict on following the IOC, when will FS along with their team be stripped of their title(s)?
June 3, 2016
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Ceceila. What about the emotional impact of a cheating pair on their adoring fans. How do you Think a Fantunes fan feels after adoring them and now getting to know they cheated throughout their career? That must be tough? I imagine those fans would first go into big denial, maybe lash out to innocents, and then find new heroes and get on with their lives. ;)
May 25, 2016
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Well Said Mike! The authorities have done absolutely nothing to prevent cheating for 50 years. It is especially disturbing to notice the close relation between Fantoni and the president of world bridge!
May 21, 2016
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A very good point. If they keep denying, why let them back in? They have obviously not understood that what they did is wrong and will keep doing it.
May 20, 2016
Lars Andersson edited this comment May 20, 2016
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“Ciao Fulvio. It is Claudio. You know the 3 Years we got dont look so bad now. Can you call Gianarrigio and make him an offer he cant refuse! If we get 3 Years we will keep quiet!”
May 20, 2016
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I can only rejoice in the enormous impact this will have on the ego of the instigator of the 2. Loss of face and credibility with his peers will take a huge toll. Looking at his facebook and seeing what he published about bridge. He really wants to be somebody important. He isn't anymore and he never was. Good riddance.
May 19, 2016
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Is a lawyer supposed to blatantly lie? Anything for his clients?
May 18, 2016
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Good. Let them waste as much money as possible!
May 18, 2016
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That beautiful voice in the background is Montserrat Caballe performing for FS.
May 17, 2016
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“Is it reasonable it began with an altered video?”
The lawyer is claiming that the videos from Opatija were altered? Does anyone on the FN side really believe the Michael Clark video is the base of the cheating case? The excellent video is a summary of the case but it wasnt the Foundation to create a case and later verify independently.
May 16, 2016
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