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World champion Bridge pair banned over cough cheat

A world champion bridge pair have been banned from the game for sending secret signals by coughing.

Michael Elinescu and Entscho Wladow have since been suspended from all competitions, banned from partnering for life and stripped of their titles.

Robb Gordon, from the American Contract Bridge League, said sending secret signals was the "gravest possible offence" and measures had been put in place to tackle the problem.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "You cannot see your partner so blinking is no good... and they have footboards in so you can't touch your partner's toes."

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