Filed: Tuesday, 8th February 2011
By: Staff Writer
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hit back after Karren Brady called Tottenham's plans for the Olympic Stadium a 'corporate crime'.
Levy, replying to Brady's comments tonight called her comments 'hugely inaccurate and highly irresponsible' on the night Spurs revealed the first artistic impression of their proposed new stadium on the Olympic site.
And he also revealed that his club's plans for the Olympic Stadium would involve retaining around 60 per cent of the existing structure, thereby refuting claims that the £500million stadium would be completely torn down after the 2012 Olympic Games.
I want to be very clear on this issue," said Levy. "Our proposal will retain around £420million-worth of the Olympic Stadium, and we will re-use or recycle the £80 million that will be dismantled with zero landfill.
"It is also important to remember that two thirds of the Olympic Stadium, under the original legacy plan, was to be dismantled - it was not designed to be a permanent structure. Recent scaremongering conveniently forgets this fact."
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Brady, speaking to the BBC yesterday morning had once again panned Tottenham's plans to knock down the existing stadium for the sole purpose of a cash-rich Premier League football club.
"It's a corporate crime to spend £500million on a stadium and just four weeks after the Games bring the bulldozers in," she said. "The stadium was built on a promise, made in the Queen's name, to have a legacy for athletics."
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09:13AM 8th Feb 2011
''Brady is only doing what is perceived to be in the interest of her employer. She is supporting the bid from her employer and attacking that of her opponent. She would support the Tottenham bid if they were her employers. That is the nature of politics. People do not say what they believe, they say whatever is right for their cause.
It is also peculiar that Brady complains of sexual discrimination in football but is happy to work for people who have made their money from exploiting women through pornography. If Ms Brady had any real moral stance she would not work for such people. Therefore she has no credibility and her opinions are worthless.''
by william storey
01:20AM 8th Feb 2011
''One month ago we were a shoo in. The selection committee 'delayed' the decision for further review. This was a massive boon for Spurs whose lobbying behind the scenes (good sources) has been far more impressive than ours. We started as hot favourites with Newham, Seb Coe, UK Athletics et al behind us. We were also the common sense choice. As someone who wishes to remain at Upton Park, for once our board's utter incompetence is not a disaster but Spurs have it in the bag. Decision later in the week. Barry Hearn had a pay off from Enic too.
We are now reduced to cheap jibes in a desperate attempt to traduce Tottenham's bid.
The Dildo brothers (who incidentally were much better than Mr Fernandes or Intermarket who were flagrant asset strippers) secured a big tax dodge buying the club and are seeing the £80m pure profit from Upton Park sale disappear in front of their eyes. Their mettle as 'massive supporters' will be tested now.
Redevelop the East stand and we have a fantastic 40,000 stadium close to the pitch with a great atmosphere. The prospect of a cavernous half full stadium with seats 100m from the pitch is a disaster. 'Made in the Queens name' as an argument? Brady should be laughed out of town. You could add the Iraq war, Poll tax and carve up of British industry to that list. Get Tony Cottee or Brooking in as MD.''