Hammers refute stadium claims

They said it was treating claims made by the newspaper “with the

utmost seriousness” and insisted it was “certain of the robustness”

of its successful bid. The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC)

board, in charge of securing the future of the Olympic Park site,

voted 14-0 in February to make the Hammers the first choice to move

into the £486million stadium. In a statement released on their

website, the club announced: ‘West Ham United can confirm the club

are taking legal action in relation to allegations made in today’s

Sunday Times. ‘We are certain of the robustness of our successful

bid for the Olympic Stadium. The newspaper’s statement that

Tottenham Hotspur employed the investigators who obtained private

information illegally is one we are treating with the utmost

seriousness and no doubt data protection and prosecution agencies

may also do so. ‘The only wrongdoing here is by those who have

broken the law and obtained private information. It would appear

that no stone has gone unturned trying to find a way to undermine

our bid including apparently targeting the 14 Olympic Park Legacy

Company (OPLC) Board members who had voted unanimously on the bid

in our favour. ‘The suggestion of ‘secret cash’ in the Sunday Times

article is absolutely and categorically denied. As such, legal

action is being taken against the Sunday Times, as well as

Tottenham Hotspur.’