Footbal legends airs his thoughts on the whole palaver.
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Brazilian football legend Pele has weighed into the debate over the future of the 2012 Olympic Stadium, backing Tottenham Hotspur’s proposals.
Tottenham and West Ham both made final submissions on Friday in their bids to take over the venue in east London.
The Premier League football clubs have already handed in detailed proposals to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC).
In an open letter, Pele gave support to Spurs’s plan to remove the athletics track if their bid is successful.
“I understand they are based on creating a dedicated football stadium and providing an athletics legacy at the original home of athletics (as I remember it!) Crystal Palace,” he said.
“That would be a great stadium. I really don’t understand wanting to play with a track around the pitch. The players won’t like it and it probably won’t last.
“As a player I need to feel the passion and the intensity of the fans. The best stadiums connect the fans to the pitch and if you lose that you lose something that really matters and eventually you lose the fans.” (BBC Sport)
One wonders why Pele has decided to give his two pence worth in this whole somewhat repetitive debate but for the record apparently the Brazilian legend is not a big fan of stadiums with a running track which kind of misses the point of the original Olympic bid that decided that post 2012 the stadium should keep the athletics track.
Perhaps ther two clubs could play a match at Wembley to decide who gets to move in to the stadium? It would be a sell out and perhaps the only fair way to decide this issue? Of course we jest but wouldn’t that be a great way to settle this issue once and for all?
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