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1,868: the price of corruption?

Filed: Sunday, 3rd July 2011
By: Staff Writer

The secret payments allegedly paid by West Ham to an officer of the OPLC prior to United being granted preferred bidder status for the Olympic Stadium totalled just 1,868.

As you're almost certainly aware by now, this morning's Sunday Times led with a story entitled 'Olympic Boss Paid Secret Cash' in which it is suggested West Ham paid a member of the OPLC to influence the decision concerning would be granted use of the site post-2012.

However the story also reveals that the sum paid to Ms Dionne Knight - the OPLC's director of corporate services - prior to the decision being made totalled just 1,868; the sum constituting two seperate payments of 566 and 1,302.

Ms Knight - who purportedly earns a salary of 84,000, making the 1,868 payments roughly the equivalent of a weeks' wages - is said to have received further payments of 3,400, 4,646 and 4,800 - but only AFTER West Ham had been granted preferred bidder status.

The total sum paid to Ms Knight, who was employed in a consultancy role by West Ham - is said to stand at less than 20,000 - less than a quarter of her OPLC salary.

Meanwhile the veracity of the story had also been called into question due to the transparent nature of the payments made by West Ham to Ms Knight.

It has been suggested that had West Ham genuinely wanted to keep the payments secret, it is extremely unlikely that they would have paid money into Ms Knight's personal bank account directly from the club's bank account - a transaction naturally evident on Ms Knight's personal bank statement procured by corporate investigators acting at the behest of Tottenham Hotspur, whose underhand tactics have been slammed since the story was published.

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by Surespur
06:31AM 10th Jul 2011
'''...is said to have received further payments of 3,400, 4,646 and 4,800 - but only AFTER West Ham had been granted preferred bidder status. Oh well, that's all tickety-boo then isn't it.''

by Lee Byron
12:43AM 4th Jul 2011
''Who said dropping out of the PL would drop us out of the media spotlight?

The payments after is a worry. If we hadn't of won, she would not have received the bigger payments. However, would she be so stupid as to risk a hell of a lot for a mere few months' wages?

Spurs should concentrate on keeping their own manager out of nick, and then themselves. They may all be going down together, and I don't mean to the Championship.''

by g portugal
06:45PM 3rd Jul 2011
''Exactly - there was absolutely NOTHING secret about the payments. Secret would have meant using brown bags, not something that could be pulled off a bank statement from the internet by any two-bob 'detective'.

Levy clearly hasn't learned much in his adult life. Once a silver spoon, always one. No matter how big your bank balance is Levy, you will never earn the respect of the football community or anyone else. Because money can't buy respect, not even in the 21st century.

You're an outsider Levy and you always will be. Learn to deal with it.''

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