Belfast Telegraph

Grounds for concern from Tottenham

The board that handed West Ham the keys to the £537million Olympic Stadium have stood by their decision after Tottenham took the first step towards mounting a legal challenge against their ruling.

The battle for the stadium was thrown back into the public spotlight on Wednesday with the news that the north London club had sent a 'letter before action' to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), which could result in the fight over the stadium going to court.

The letter is the first step on the road towards asking for a judge to look into the lawfulness of the committee's decision to rule in favour of West Ham in a judicial review, but a statement from the club said: "At this stage the club has not issued any proceedings against the Olympic Park Legacy Company (the OPLC) or any other party in respect of the decision regarding the award of the Olympic Stadium."

The statement continued: "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.

"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."

Should Spurs initiate a review, a judge will have to decide whether the process to award West Ham the stadium was legal.

West Ham refused to comment on the matter although Newham Council, who partnered the Hammers in their bid, said they had received a letter from Spurs and would be considering their options.

The OPLC issued a robust statement of their own insisting they were confident everything they had done in the run-up to awarding the stadium to West Ham was legal.

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