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Norwich City ordered to pay Colchester compensation

Paul Lambert
Lambert led Norwich to the League One title, while the U's came eighth

Norwich City have been forced to pay £425,000 compensation to Colchester United for manager Paul Lambert.

A Football League tribunal has also fined the Canaries £200,000, of which £125,000 is suspended for two years.

The news comes the same day Norwich have announced Lambert has signed a new deal at Carrow Road for an undisclosed length of time.

City chairman Alan Bowkett told the club's website: "We accept and will meet the orders."

He added: "Financially, provision has been made in our cash flow to enable us to do so. A lot of the details of this dispute remain bound up in confidentiality."

Assistants Gary Karsa and Ian Culverhouse, as well as chief executive David McNally, have also signed what the club described as "improved contracts".

I invite Alan Bowkett to join me in requesting from the FDC a full public disclosure of their findings

Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling

The U's reported Norwich for a breach of regulations and misconduct after Lambert switched clubs in August, sparking a war of words between Norwich and Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling.

Regarding the Football League hearing Bowkett added: "As was aired in public by Mr Cowling, he believed from the outset that we should be subjected to a points deduction.

"We are delighted that the Football Disciplinary Commission held otherwise. In the interests of moving on and focusing on football we will not be appealing the decisions."

A Colchester statement said: "We are satisfied with the compensation figure as we had originally asked for £400,000.

"Norwich were originally prepared to pay us £160,000, which they subsequently reduced to £126,000 before increasing it to £180,000 and then £213,000.

"However, CUFC do not consider the sanctions imposed on NCFC are aligned with the FDC's findings and are considering their options."

Cowling added: "I invite Alan Bowkett to join me in requesting from the FDC a full public disclosure of their findings.


"They will demonstrate to everyone, apart from those with heavily tinted yellow and green glasses, that the behaviour of Norwich City was appalling and that Colchester United did nothing but act impeccably throughout the whole process."

Before the exact figures involved with the compensation were revealed, Cowling said he was delighted with the outcome.

He told BBC Essex: "I've got a smile on my face regarding the compensation that we've received."

Lambert left Colchester at the beginning of last season shortly after guiding them to a 7-1 win at Norwich.

Culverhouse and Karsa moved to Carrow Road with Lambert, but the two clubs failed to agree compensation.

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