Filed: Thursday, 25th August 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham have rejected a request from Tottenham Hotspur to withdraw legal proceedings against private investigators hired by the North London club to illegally obtain phone and bank records belonging to club employees.
In a statement issued on whufc.com tonight, West Ham revealed that Spurs - who, in conjunction with Leyton Orient, were awarded a judicial review into the decision to award use of the Olympic Stadium to United on Wednesday - offered to halt the review process in exchange for the Hammers agreeing to drop their own legal action.
But West Ham have reacted furiously at Tottenham's attempts to prevent the perpetrators from being brought to justice, insisting that they will continue to assist the Police in investigating the case.
"We confirm the Metropolitan Police's Economic and Specialist Crimes Unit is dealing with the serious matter of a private investigator acting unlawfully, reportedly under instruction by Tottenham Hotspur," read the statement.
"This is in relation to reported breaches of the Data Protection Act and Computer Misuse Act as a result of the unlawful acquisition of bank and telephone records belonging to senior executives at the club and the OPLC.
"We are advised that if found guilty of these crimes, those responsible can expect to receive custodial sentences. We have full faith in the police investigation into this matter and shall continue to provide the fullest of assistance to them.
"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, in return for Tottenham withdrawing their judicial review proceedings.
"West Ham naturally refused."
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04:30PM 26th Aug 2011
''Absolutely crazy. How can we possibly consider dealing with a club like Tottenham?''
by g portugal
01:54PM 25th Aug 2011
''Silver-spoon 'the world owes me a living' Levy can go take a long walk off of Southend, or any other, pier. Levy is the kind of person that makes it so obvious why we have wars, conflict and terrorism all over the planet. Greedy and arrogant, with absolutely nothing worthy of being arrogant.
If you broke the law Levy, with your use of 'private investigators' then you will pay the price. The full price.''
12:53PM 25th Aug 2011
''This is outrageous! I hope that this sequence of events is brought to the attention of the court at the judicial review hearing. It is clear that the court application was just a (thankfully, failed) means of gaining some bargaining power to get United to drop some incredibly serious allegations. This must surely be seen as a major abuse of the process of the court.
Not only that, if the court proceedings were brought by Spurs and Orient jointly, were United folly enough to accept Spurs' offer, would that not still leave us in the same place - having to face the same proceedings, albeit only against Orient?''
07:30AM 25th Aug 2011
''If that was a genuine offer, which I doubt, it would have been madness not to accept it. Surely the benefit of having the review scrapped, certainty over the stadium future etc far outweighs the 'moral victory' of proving that someone breached your privacy?
In any case, the people likely to get into hot water would be the investigators, not Tottenham.''
03:29AM 25th Aug 2011
''So why don't they publish the alleged document?''