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So the SFA fine him a measly 500 quid and severely censure him, the equivalent of getting a rap over the knuckles with a bag of flumps.
Paul was the leading authority in the Church and as these new congregations grew they needed advice or a reprimand, a pat on the back or a rap over the knuckles and it was to Paul they turned.
A rap over the knuckles or a fine would be the probable options, yet another day's wait is hardly helping preparations for their final group game against Uruguay in Brisbane next Sunday.