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Spurs set to fight for Olympic Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur looks set to continue its fight to take control of the Olympic Stadium after instructing lawyers to seek further information on the decision to approve West Ham United’s bid.

The north London football club is taking action over the Olympic Park Legacy Committee’s decision to grant rivals West Ham use of the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games.

The club has confirmed it has written to the OPLC raising a number of concerns with the processes which led to the award.

The OPLC unanimously selected West Ham’s joint bid with Newham Council to convert the £537 million showpiece 80,000-seater stadium into a 60,000-capacity facility which retains an athletics track as the preferred bid last month.

Tottenham’s plans, part of a joint bid with AEG sport and entertainment group, had been to create a football-only stadium without the track and redevelop Crystal Palace for athletics.

Tottenham has also confirmed its lawyers have written to 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.

In a statement, the club said: “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.”

The club added it had requested provision of information concerning the processes which it feels it is entitled to and that the club will determine its next step when it receives a response to the letters.

The OPLC unanimously selected West Ham’s joint bid with Newham Council to convert the £537 million showpiece 80,000-seater stadium into a 60,000-capacity facility which retains an athletics track as the preferred bid last month.

An OPLC statement read: “We can confirm that a letter before action in relation to potential judicial review proceedings has been issued.

“The OPLC ran a very rigorous and transparent process in its selection of the recommended preferred bidder. 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.

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has also written to Prime Minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson regarding the decision and how it may affect the club due to its close proximity to the Olympic Stadium.

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