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West Ham Move Nearer to Olympic Stadium: Tottenham Set for Riots?

Upton Park outfit set for move, White Hart Lane fans sharpening objects ready for on street battle?

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West Ham’s bid to take over the London Olympic stadium has received a major boost with UK Athletics announcing their support.

The Premier League club, who have made a joint bid with Newham Council, have committed to ensuring there is an athletics track as well as a football stadium at the venue after the 2012 Games.

The news puts the Hammers in pole position to become tenants as the rival bid from Tottenham/AEG indicated a running track was not part of their future plans.

But UK Athletics claims it was also West Ham’s community plans that earned endorsement. (Sky Sports)

West Ham co-owner and king of melodrama had stated that he believed Tottenham and West Ham would riot over the decision over who would win the race to the Olympic Stadium, so now that it seems that the Hammers have the upper hand does that mean riots are still on the cards? Probably not.

More problematic is the knock on effect such a move would have on League One side Leyton Orient who were hoping to secure the use of the stadium, Barry Hearn feels that if the Hammers move to the larger stadium then the O’s may lose some of that floating West Ham support who can not get tickets for Premier League football, and as a result could spell doom and gloom at Brisbane Road. Could this really be the case?

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