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Norwich City could be deducted points

PUBLISHED: 13:14 20 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:21 06 July 2010

NORWICH City face the threat of a possible points deduction after being reported to the Football League by East Anglian rivals Colchester United.

The Essex club's owner and chairman Robbie Cowling has finally lost patience with the Canaries, who controversially appointed his former management team of Paul Lambert, Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa in August.

NORWICH City face the threat of a possible points deduction after being reported to the Football League by East Anglian rivals Colchester United.

The Essex club's owner and chairman Robbie Cowling has finally lost patience with the Canaries, who controversially appointed his former management team of Paul Lambert, Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa in August.

Following weeks of negotiations, the two clubs have been unable to agree on a compensation figure and, as a result, the U's have reported Norwich - as well as Lambert, Culverhouse and Karsa individually - to the Football League.

The Canaries - who were relegated to League One at the end of last season - now not only face a big pay out, but also a possible points deduction.

A statement released by Cowling this morning, reads: “We regret that it has not been possible to settle compensation claims with Norwich City relating to Paul Lambert, and therefore we have had to report all four parties to the Football League for breach of Football League Regulations and misconduct.

“The Football League will set up a Football Disciplinary Commission (FDC) to hear Colchester's complaint.

“The FDC has power to award Colchester compensation and deduct points from Norwich, a remedy which we are advised might be particularly relevant in this case.

“In the past, the two clubs have always enjoyed an excellent relationship and, during the time they were at Colchester United, I had a first class relationship with Paul, Ian and Gary who did a wonderful job for us.

“We have genuinely tried to preserve those good relations and it therefore saddens me that we feel compelled to take this step.

“However, no one should doubt the resolve of the Colchester United Board to seek a fair outcome from this matter.”

The situation echoes the one which Colchester found themselves in the 1994/5 season when George Burley resigned from the Essex club before joining Ipswich Town just a few days later.

The U's were also unable to settle a compensation figure on that occasion, the figure eventually having to be decided by a tribunal.


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