Procedural Penalty Due to Mis-boarding
We had a situation at the club where, after playing a board, North ended up with 14 cards going back into the pocket and East 12 cards.
The next table played the hand and discovered the card imbalance as they reached the final trick. The director (me) duly awarded a 40-40, since the hand was then unplayable, to that table and issued a reminder to count cards accurately in future.
The director then considered that the loss of a board to that table was an aggravating consideration for the mis-boarding at the previous table and that it would be unfair to take away a board from one table without also penalising the table which had caused the mis-boarding. A standard penalty of 25% of a top was then issued to the players who had mis-boarded the hand, both NS and EW. I must admit that I would have been happier were I able to issue the old 10% penalty, since that would have seemed more fair.
What is the general view here? Was the director unreasonable in awarding a penalty for the mis-boarding? Relevant laws seem to be WB 2.8 and 8.12.
Thanks in advance.