White Hart Lane club were offered money to build new stadium says Barry Hearn.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has been forced to deny the offer of £17million he made to Tottenham Hotspur to build a new stadium was “a bung”.
Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn called the move so to stop the Premier League club from pursuing legal action and preventing West Ham from moving into the Olympic Stadium.
The Mayor defended his actions by saying the finance was to help infrastructure plans for the new ground.
But Hearn, whose club have joined Spurs in the application for a judicial review of the Olympic Stadium decision, blasted the move.
“Boris has made his move to try and placate Tottenham and if I’m being cynical, it looks like a bung just to get him out of a court case,” Hearn told Talksport.
“I come from the real world and I can recognise a bung when I see it.”
The £17million offer is from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Haringey Council and the mayor’s office rejected the suggestion it was inappropriate.
They have also denied a report that Tottenham have a deadline until tomorrow to accept the offer, saying talks with the club are still continuing.
A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: “To suggest that the proposed offer from the GLA and Haringey Council towards Tottenham is an inappropriate use of funds is entirely inaccurate.
“The discussions that took place yesterday outlined a comprehensive plan for the regeneration of the area that is in the interests of not just the club, but the residents and businesses of Tottenham.”
Hearn said Orient will push ahead with action in the High Court in mid-October against Newham Borough Council and the Olympic Park Legacy Committee.
He claims the Hammers are being given a “state subsidy” to take over the Olympic Stadium.
“Frankly, West Ham are getting a great deal,” Hearn added.
“David Gold said, and I quote, ‘We know the stadium’s not perfect but this is a £600million stadium and we’re getting it for £30 million, so it’s too good a deal to turn down’.
“Well, good luck to him, but if that’s not state aid then I don’t know what is. What West Ham do is up to them and what Tottenham do is up to them.
“But I don’t think there’s any doubt that if West Ham do take off they’ll put us out of business.
“The one little outfit that’s being completely overlooked is little Leyton Orient Football Club, and the community work they do, which is supposed to be so important in the world in which we live.
“We seem to be the forgotten tribe of the East End.
“They’re hoping we’ll go away quietly, but anyone who knows me knows that ‘quiet’ is not a word that features in my vocabulary.”