SPURS LEGAL THREAT TO OLYMPIC STADIUM

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is demanding answers from Olympic bosses following West Ham United's successful bid for the 2012 stadium.

The north London club, which had hoped to use the Olympic Stadium, has written to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) questioning the decision. The OPLC has four weeks to respond, before Spurs can legally request a judicial review.

Tottenham could look to challenge the OPLC’s decision making process which led to West Ham chosen as its preferred bidder for the £537million venue. A Spurs statement read: "Our lawyers have written to the OPLC, the Mayor of London, the Minister of Sport and the Secretary of State for Local Government and a separate letter to the London Borough of Newham raising a number of concerns with the processes which led to the award.

"The letters also requested - in the interests of transparency - for the provision of certain information concerning the processes, which the Club considers that it is entitled to. Tottenham Hotspur will determine its next step as and when it receives a response to these letters."

It comes as further bad news for the OPLC which has received complaints from local League 1 side Leyton Orient over potential loss of income with West Ham’s impending relocation. Leyton Orient's current home, the Matchroom Stadium, is just over 2 miles from Stratford.

One way or another Spurs will have an answer within 4 weeks time.

Posted on 31/03/2011