Tottenham Hotspur unlikely to give up 2012 Olympic Stadium claim without a fight

March 31st, 2011 - 6:24 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 31(ANI): Tottenham Hotspur has launched the first steps in getting the decision to allow West Ham United to move into London’s Olympic Stadium thrown out.

According to the Sun, the club’s legal team has written to the Olympic Park Legacy Committee (OPLC) and Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson raising concerns that led to West Ham getting the vote ahead of Spurs.

“The club’s lawyers have written letters 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,” a club statement said.

“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 added.

The OPLC had voted 14-0 to make West Ham preferred the bidders.

Tottenham reckons that there is strong enough legal opinion for a possible judicial review of the decision.

Among Tottenham’s chief points is how Newham Borough, the local council for West Ham’s current ground at Upton Park, were able to make a 40 million pounds loan of local taxpayers’ money to help the Hammers move in.

The European Union and the coalition British government do not like state aid for private enterprise.

It is widely believed that West Ham got the nod as they committed to keeping the running track around the stadium, which was never part of the original criteria for any new tenant. (ANI)

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