are threatening legal action against the Premier League after being barred from playing
new signing Carlton Palmer against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The Highfield Road club agreed terms with Nottingham Forest for the 33-year-old
who joins on a three month loan and faxed the documents to the City Ground for
signing before the noon deadline.
But Forest did not forward the papers to the Premier League until 12.20pm and the
governing body are now refusing to let the former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds player
make his first appearance.
Coventry City chairman Bryan Richardson is now considering legal action and claims
there is a precedent.
"We completed everything in time and faxed it to Forest by 11.55am having already
contacted the Premier League and telling them it was on the way. As it happens Forest
could not find the person capable of signing even though the papers had been received by
the club secretary.
"In the end they sent it by 12.20pm but the Premier League have refused the
registration in time for Sunday, even though that is 24 hours later than the normal match
"We are pursuing the matter most vigorously as we know there has been a precedent
when a player was registered 38 minutes after the deadline. When I asked the Premier
League to put it in writing they had never registered a player late, they refused which I
"The rule also states that the registration must be by noon on the previous
working day and in the football industry Saturday is the most labour-intensive, important
working day of the week. No day is named.
"There is clearly flexibility in the game we have had to play this game 24
hours later than we wanted because of Tottenhams European commitments and
there should be flexibility in the rules."