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West Ham Clear To Move Into Olympic Stadium After Investigation

White Hart Lane club running out of options to stop Upton Park rivals.

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West Ham United say an investigation into the decision to award them the keys to the Olympic Stadium over Tottenham Hotspur has found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The Hammers launched the inquiry after reports revealed Olympic Park Legacy Company employee Dionne Knight worked for the club on a consultancy basis during the bidding process.

West Ham’s plans to move in after London 2012 could still be in trouble if the OPLC’s own investigation finds any problems.

The east London club were awarded the stadium in February but their only rivals Tottenham want a judicial review of the decision.

A statement from Upton Park claims the findings from the inquiry, conducted by barristers Blackstone Chambers, “completely exonerate” the club.

“(The inquiry) concluded firmly that Ms Knight’s work had in no way affected the integrity of the joint West Ham-London Borough of Newham bid which was approved by the OPLC,” the statement read.

“The findings – which completely exonerate the club over the matter and showed it acted lawfully at all times – came after the consideration of all relevant correspondence and documentation, along with statements from all relevant officials.

“The report found no confidential information was passed by the OPLC to West Ham United through Ms Knight.

“Similarly, it found that no person at the club has at any point considered themselves to have an improper source of information or influence within the OPLC.”

Ms Knight was suspended by the OPLC after admitting she had worked as a paid consultant for West Ham.

The report claimed the payments were secret but West Ham insisted her work was “transparent” and immediately said they would launch legal action against The Sunday Times and Tottenham.

Today’s statement continued: “West Ham remain in contact with police with regard to the serious matter of a private investigator acting unlawfully, reportedly under instruction by Tottenham.”

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