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Government lean on Spurs

Filed: Wednesday, 13th July 2011
By: Staff Writer

The Minister for Sport has 'advised' Tottenham Hotspur to ditch plans to challenge the decision to award preferred bidder status to West Ham.

Despite having admitted corporate subterfuge in their attempts to undermine both the OPLC voting committee and members of West Ham United's staff, Tottenham have maintained that they will seek legal recourse - despite having lost the vote to win tenancy of the 500million stadium by 14-0.

However that could be set to change after the Conservative Minister Hugh Robertson warned the north London club that their plans to press on with legal action could destroy the capital's bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Robertson insisted that Tottenham should think very carefully before proceeding. "I would hope Tottenham would see the greater good to London; maybe it's a fond hope," he said.

"The initial economic planning tells us it will be a 100million boost from hosting a World Athletics Championship. I hope anyone involved in sport would see the greater good, whatever their feelings about the stadium process.

"I find it frustrating that having been through the process we are now being dragged through the High Court, having won the first round we have the appeal to come.

"If we win that we will bid [to host the Championships], but I will not let the country bid if we have not got a locked-down secure venue, given the backdrop of previous bids."

Tottenham recently announced that they were seeking public funding after revealing plans to build a new stadium within their current borough of Haringey.

Mr Robertson's warning could be seen as the first indication that should they refuse to play ball and back down over the Olympic Stadium issue, any such funding could be extremely unlikely to follow.

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by shelfsider
08:04AM 13th Jul 2011
''The Government scratch our back and we'll scratch theirs. The vast majority of Spurs fans want nothing to do with the OS or a move to your manor and personally I wish the Hammers well with the venture. However the govt (Boris) has played us both like a couple of cheap banjos and manouvred us into this issue to squeeze the best deal they could out of you lot.

They didnt expect Spurs to have any balls and Levy will do what ever it takes to get some payback for being dicked around. So Mr Robertson.....what's in it for us?''

by g portugal
05:42AM 13th Jul 2011
''Levy is a rank outsider. He doesn't have the respect of the football community, nor his own players or the Government. The kind of guy who is universally disliked. Respect cannot be bought with cash. Levy and his silver spoon ilk still fail to grasp that.

The world does not owe you a living, Levy. You are not entitled to anything by birth. If you don't like it,then find another country to take you.''

by Sam Mollison
02:01AM 13th Jul 2011
''Finally some leverage... Now the game is 'if you want to have your WCs, sort out transport for White Hart Lane'! Brilliant strategy...''

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