West Ham look to be clear to take over Olympic Stadium after Orient appeal rejected

Friday, 26 April 2013
By Duncan Mackay

Olympic Stadium at night with flameApril 26 - West Ham United's proposed move to the Olympic Stadium appears to have overcome its final hurdle after Leyton Orient's application for a judicial review of the process was thrown out.

There has been no official announcement but lawyers representing other interested parties in the case are believed to have been informed that the application for judicial review has been rejected.

Orient chairman Barry Hearn may still pursue legal action against the Premier League, who he claims have not followed their own rules in allowing West Ham to move into the area, but that will not affect the decision to allow them to play at the Olympic Stadium.

The Premier League club were last month chosen as the main tenant for the stadium once £160 million ($260 million/€200 million) has been spent converting it into a venue suitable for both football and athletics.

League One club Orient called for a review on the grounds that the London Legacy Development Corporation - the company in charge of the process - had breached its own rules by failing to fully explore the possibility of a groundshare.

Barry Hearn head and shouldersBarry Hearn may be ready to walk away from the fight over the Olympic Stadium after spending £300,000 on legal bills

Hearn has spent more than £300,000 ($472,000/€350,000) pursuing his legal challenge over the Stadium but promised to walk away if he lost this round. 

Orient and Tottenham Hotspur had successfully sought a judicial review of the initial process which awarded West Ham the Stadium early in 2011.

Delays caused by that challenge contributed to the decision, taken in October 2011, to keep the Stadium in public ownership and instead install a tenant.

Contact the writer of this story at duncan.mackay@insidethegames.biz


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