Colchester chief dismisses Norwich City claims

Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling claimed today Norwich had admitting breaching rules over their pursuit of former Us boss Paul Lambert.Cowling was responding to Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett's assertion at City's AGM this week the Norfolk club had made 'a lawful approach' for Lambert.

Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling claimed today Norwich had admitting breaching rules over their pursuit of former Us boss Paul Lambert.

Cowling was responding to Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett's assertion at City's AGM this week the Norfolk club had made 'a lawful approach' for Lambert.

A Football League Disciplinary Tribunal is due to meet next month - with Cowling having already demanded the Canaries face a possible points' deduction.

'It surprises me that they are still saying they made a lawful approach because in the latest correspondence between our solicitors they have admitted a breach of rule 20,' he told the EADT. 'To say that Colchester is divided over this is absolute rubbish. All the Colchester directors are completely on board. I don't want to comment on the compensation figures being discussed, but needless to say I disagree that they have been over-generous. We'll just have to wait and see what the tribunal comes up with. A set of dates are close to being agreed and we should be able to sit down at some time in March.'