Petitioning USBF to cease attempts to punish Venice Cup Team

We, the undersigned, are writing this petition to respectably request that the USBF ceases its attempts to punish members of the USA1 Venice Cup team. We believe that the controversy surrounding the sanctions has eclipsed the original incident. A politically charged battle that has rapidly spread into the mainstream media doesn\'t benefit anyone. We recognize that there is enormous controversy regarding the action of the USA1 team on the podium in Shanghai. However, the USBF Board had a number of alternative responses available which were more suited to the magnitude of the situation: 1. Noting that the behavior of the USA1 Team violated the WBF Code of Conduct. 2. Expressing regret toward the behavior of the USA1 Team and recognizing that the WBF might chose to impose sanctions. 3. Implementing its own Code of Conduct designed to avoid repeat incidents. The USBF BoD has the authority to take almost any action that it wants. However, the punishment should fit the crime, and we do not support the extremeness of the actions being considered toward the Venice Cup Team. Respectfully,

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Update: This situation has been resolved amicably. This petition is no longer necessary. Thanks to those who signed it. - Jonathan Ferguson This petition was drafted by concerned members of the ACBL, who wish this controversy ended as quickly and amicably as possible before it does any further damage to our game. The petition was based on a letter written by Richard E. Willey, edited by Josh Donn at the suggestion of Jonathan Ferguson. Mr. Willey had no direct role in the creation of the petition and may not agree with its final form.

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For more background information, visit: http://forums.bridgebase.com/index.phpshowtopic=21693&st=630 Everyone is welcome to sign the petition. ACBL members are requested to include their player #\'s.

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