Filed: Saturday, 2nd July 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have been accused of making secret payments to an employee of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
Tomorrow morning's Sunday Times leads with a story entitled 'Olympic Boss Paid Secret Cash', in which it is claimed that West Ham United's Olympic Director arranged for payments of some £20,000 to be paid to the OPLC's Director of Corporate Services.
The Times further claim that the two individuals were involved in a personal relationship; upon confronting the club with their evidence the paper was informed that the payments were for 'consultancy work' and that vice-chair Karren Brady had been fully aware of them.
Front page news on the Sunday Times
The OPLC employee at the centre of the storm was suspended on Friday after details of the payments came to light - as, it is further claimed, was her counterpart at West Ham.
It was also revealed that she had disclosed her relationship with the West Ham employee upon being offered the job with the OPLC.
Details of the payments are said to have been unearthed by corporate investigators acting on behalf of Tottenham, who lost out to West Ham in the fight to take possession of the Olympic Stadium.
West Ham are yet to comment on the accusations.
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12:24AM 3rd Jul 2011
''The OPLC claims that there was a form of 'Chinese wall' which would ensure that the Corporate Services director would be kept in the dark. It is well known in business circles that these walls are not functional and are used purely to mislead the gullible.
Why did West Ham not declare the conflict of interest?
Question: At the time how was Karen Brady so well informed and so quickly of all aspects of the OPLC evaluation?''
11:28PM 2nd Jul 2011
''In the Queen's name...''
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