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Leyton Orient join Spurs in Olympic legal battle

Thu 14th Apr 2011 | Legal

Leyton Orient have applied to the High Court for a judicial review over West Ham United's planned move to the 2012 Olympic Stadium after the Games.

In a move similar to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this wee, Orient, who play in League One claim that West Ham's move into the stadium will put their own existence in doubt and say Newham Council were not entitled to provide a loan of up to £40m to the stadium company that will be set up to run the venue and from whom West Ham will rent the ground.

They also claim the Premier League has broken its own rules in sanctioning a move by one club close to the established home of another club in the area.

Orient chairman, Barry Hearn, who appears in the next issue of F.C. Business, told Sky Sports News; "We are taking action against Newham Council because the loan is unlawful."

"We will follow this with judicial applications against the Government, the Minister of Sport, the Mayor of London and will take action against the Premier League for being in breach of their own rules as well.

"It is an all-encompassing charge by Leyton Orient, a battle by the little man against the big forces of evil if you like.

"This represents a challenge to our entire future and our survival and we have no choice but to fight our corner."

The Olympic Park Legacy Company in February approved West Ham's bid for the 80,000-seater stadium which took three years to build, cost close to £500m and was completed ahead of schedule in March.

Tottenham, who also wanted to move to the stadium, are contesting the use of public funds to help remodel the stadium after the Games.

 

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