Filed: Wednesday, 24th August 2011
By: Staff Writer
Tottenham have been granted a judicial review of the decision to award use of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United.
The north London club, backed by Leyton Orient returned to the High Court this morning to seek a review of the decision despite coming close to calling things off last night, when it was revealed that they were close to agreeing a deal with the Government to redevelop a site close to their White Hart Lane ground.
It had been widely felt that today's appeal by Spurs and Orient would once again be rejected. However QC Dinah Rose, representing the Premier League club, convinced the judge to allow the two clubs to allow an application for judicial review of the Olympic Park Legacy Company's decision, made in February.
Rose argued that as West Ham's combined bid with Newham Council was dependent on a £40million loan from the latter to the former, this constituted state aid and was therefore illegal under European law.
That view was supported by Adam Lewis QC, representing Leyton Orient, who suggested that the Premier League's decision to allow West Ham to move closer to Orient's Brisbane Road stadium had been compromised as a result of United's relegation last season.
However the OPLC - represented by Richard Gordon QC - argued that Tottenham's claims were without foundation.
The judge summised that Tottenham and Orient did make valid points that required further investigation, adding that their was some confusion as to the exact nature of the partnership between West Ham and Newham Council.
The decision means that both clubs must return to the courts on Tuesday, 18th October for a full hearing into the decision to award use of the stadium to West Ham.
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09:24AM 25th Aug 2011
''Try to see what Levy is doing here, very very clever bluff. He has never wanted the Olympic Stadium, he always knew he would lose that. He is trying to get as much money for a new stadium in Tottenham and, just as importantly, planning permissions and rights attached to a new White Hart Lane.
The riots in Tottenham have helped his cause no end, now regeneration is needed. If, as Levy expects, the decision will be overturned due to Newham Council's 'state aid' help, you can expect the whole case to be dropped as soon as the Government help out with the new White Hart Lane.''
09:36PM 24th Aug 2011
''West Ham released a statement today
"In response to media inquiries, we can confirm that West Ham today received a document from Tottenham asking us to give up our claims against them in relation to the above [reported breaches of the Data Protection Act and Computer Misuse Act], in return for Tottenham withdrawing their judicial review proceedings. West Ham naturally refused."
That just fully establishes Tottenham's attitude towards this case, and why ultimately they will lose it. They deserve no help in any way.''
09:15PM 24th Aug 2011
''This is just a bargaining chip to get regeneration money from Boris for a new WHL. So far £8.5m before todays ruling and a commitment that this figure could rise.
You can keep the stadium, but it should be tied to WHUFC giving up the Boleyn Ground in a land swap.''
04:19PM 24th Aug 2011
''Spurs and Orient really need to get a life. Can't they find better things to screw us with?!''
04:03PM 24th Aug 2011
''This tiresome saga is now beginning to resemble Daniel Levy's own twisted take on the legendary 'Dead Parrot Sketch'...''