A court has ordered Coventry Rugby Club to compensate its Worcester counterpart following a dispute over loan players' unpaid wages.
Coventry has been told to pay more than £2,000 after it failed to pay the wages of Worcester Rugby Club players loaned to it during the 2004/05 season.
Coventry chairman and owner Keith Fairbrother accused Worcester of "bad form" for pursuing legal action.
Mr Fairbrother said he had refused to make the payments because of a dispute over a cancelled pre-season fixture against the Premiership team last August.
Worcester pulled out of the match at the last moment, leaving National One side Coventry with £7,000 of losses from advertising and ticket sales, Mr Fairbrother claimed.
He said he saw the outstanding wages as compensation for the cancellation.
However, Worcester County Court confirmed a judge had found in Worcester Rugby Club's favour.
"I am extremely disappointed in Cecil Duckworth and Worcester's director of rugby John Brain," Mr Fairbrother said.
"We had a gentleman's agreement on the fixture and I expected them to keep their word.
"But they obviously got a better deal and kicked us into touch.
"Although there is no hard feelings and we have made our protest, it is extremely bad form."
Three players - Jon Higgins, Neil Mason and James Percival - were all on loan to Coventry during the 2004/05 season. Neither club would confirm whose wages were involved in the dispute. Worcester refused to comment on the case.
Meanwhile, it is thought Mr Fairbrother is still in negotiations with former Coventry directors of rugby Ian Carvell and Graham Robbins, who plan to buy the club and take it to the Premiership.
Last July Mr Carvell and Mr Robbins, a former England back-row forward, announced plans to make an offer for Butts Park Ventures - which controls the Butts Park Arena - and the rugby club. It is thought the deal could be valued at £5 million.
Earlier this month, the club announced it had signed sponsorship deals with international property developer Cassidy, London Taxi International and Jaguar.