Filed: Friday, 4th February 2011
By: Staff Writer
Tottenham chairman Danie Levy has insinuated that he is prepared to take legal action should his club lose out to West Ham in the battle for the Olympic Stadium.
Levy - whose club only entered the bidding as the eleventh hour having become disparaged by the progress made with Haringay Council over a redeveloped White Hart Lane - appears to be fighting a losing battle with West Ham's bid favoured by most politicians, sportsmen and the relevant authorities.
However he maintained that should West Ham win, he is prepared to challenge the decision-making process in the courts.
"The process has been fine, but I only hope that the decision will be based on sound financial criteria and not by political forces," he told the Telegraph. "It is no different to a shopping centre; if you donít get the right anchor tenant to start with, it is destined to fail. If you get the right business model, the legacy can thrive.
"I guarantee you that if you have a stadium which is athletics and soccer together and, as a consequence it will not be full, it will affect economic viability and end up being a white elephant. It is only a matter of time. You only have to look at experience across Europe. It does not work.
"Why do people go and watch a live football match? You go because of atmosphere. The minute you lose that people donít come."
The decision to name the preferred bidder was postponed last week, possibly until the end of March. However it is now thought that a decision could be announced as early as next week.
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