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Orient Olympic Stadium hopes dented

Leyton Orient's hopes of sharing the Olympic Stadium with West Ham have been dented after a High Court judge blocked the League One club's attempts to pursue legal action.

Bosses claimed that the London Legacy Development Corporation was wrong to award sole tenancy of the stadium to Premier League West Ham.

And they wanted to seek a judicial review of the corporation's decision. But a judge refused to allow their claim to proceed, following a High Court hearing in London.

Mr Justice Lewis said the corporation had not made an irrational decision and ruled that a judicial review could not be justified because Leyton Orient did not have an arguable case.

Lawyers for Leyton Orient indicated that they were considering attempting to appeal.

They had argued that the decision not to allow the club to share the stadium with West Ham was flawed and said the corporation had wrongly had "regard to perceived lack of financial viability" as a reason not to "team" the club with West Ham.

Lawyers for the corporation had disagreed and said the club's case "lacked merit".

A Leyton Orient spokesman said later that bosses felt a "a real sense of injustice".

"It is deeply disappointing that both the court and the LLDC have made decisions based only on financial considerations, when the purpose of the stadium's legacy was regeneration of the area with a community focus," he said.

"As the judge noted, Leyton Orient are flying high in League One. We will enjoy our current on-pitch success whilst we contemplate how to proceed in the best interests of the club."

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