Tottenham Want Clarification Over Olympic Stadium Decision

White Hart Lane club write letter to OPLC, London mayor and minister of sport amid concerns over the legality of the decision.

Tottenham Hotspur have written letters to the key decision makers seeking clarification on the legality of handing the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United after London 2012.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), the mayor of London, two government departments and Newham Council all received notification from the North London club’s lawyers.

Spurs are seeking a judicial review into the legality of awarding the stadium to their Premier League rivals.

Tottenham and West Ham both submitted compelling bids to be awarded the stadium once London 2012 was completed, but the Hammers got the go-ahead after they agreed to keep the running track.

“At this stage the Club has not issued any proceedings against the OPLC or any other party in respect of the decision regarding the award of the Olympic Stadium,” a statement read on Spur’s website.

“The Club’s lawyers have written letters to the OPLC, the Mayor of London, the Minister of Sport and the Secretary of State for Local Government and a separate letter to the London Borough of Newham raising a number of concerns with the processes which led to the award.

“The letters also requested — in the interests of transparency — for the provision of certain information concerning the processes, which the club considers that it is entitled to.

“Tottenham Hotspur will determine its next step as and when it receives a response to these letter.”

Earlier the OPLC confirmed it had received the letter but insist they have done nothing wrong.

“The Olympic Park Legacy Company ran a very rigorous and transparent process in its selection of the recommended preferred bidder,” an OPLC spokesman said.

“We have been supported by independent experts in their field in terms of legal, financial, commercial and technical advice.

“We have been consistent, fair, objective and entirely equal in our dealings with the bidders from start to finish.

“We are confident that if these judicial review proceedings are pursued, our approach will be entirely vindicated by the courts.”

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