West Ham takes legal action over corruption claims
West Ham is suing a British newspaper and fellow soccer club
Tottenham over allegations of corruption in its bid to take over
the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Games.
West Ham released a statement in which it ”absolutely and
categorically” denied claims by The Sunday Times that the club
made secret payments to an executive on the Olympic Park Legacy
Company, the body that chose the preferred tenant of the $777
million east London venue.
OPLC unanimously selected West Ham over a bid from
”Legal action is being taken against the Sunday Times, as well
as Tottenham Hotspur,” the West Ham statement read.
The club said it was ”certain of the robustness of our
successful bid” for the Olympic Stadium, adding that ”no stone
has gone unturned trying to find a way to undermine our bid.”
The OPLC said Friday that it had suspended one of its directors
who had also been employed as a paid consultant for West Ham,
sparking fears of a possible conflict of interest in the bidding
West Ham responded immediately by saying it was ”of the firm
view that the integrity of the bidding process has not been
West Ham hopes to leave its current 35,000-seat Upton Park home
and move into the Olympic Stadium for the 2013-14 season. The club
plans to downsize the stadium from 80,000 to 60,000 seats and use
it as a multipurpose venue, fulfilling Britain’s promise to retain
a running track at the facility.
Tottenham had proposed knocking down most of the stadium and
building a 60,000-seat, soccer-only venue on the same site, without
Tottenham applied to London’s High Court last week seeking a
judicial review into the OPLC’s decision to pick West Ham as the