Filed: Tuesday, 11th October 2011
By: Staff Writer
Orient chairman Barry Hearn has expressed his delight at the news of the OPLC's about turn with regards to the Olympic Stadium.
Despite having already awarded United use of the stadium back in February, the Olympic Park Legacy Committee confirmed this morning that the decision had been reversed and that bidding shall begin again in the near future.
That news was welcomed by Orient chairman Hearn, who called the decision 'one of the greatest days of my life'.
"You can issue as many statements as you like and try and whitewash the whole situation but basically we've won, haven't we," a smug Hearn told Talksport this morning. Basically they've turned round and said, 'Yes, youre right. We don't want to go to a judicial review, we know you're going to win, your case in unanswerable, we messed up and the whole process is flawed'.
"Little Leyton Orient can hold their head up becasue we fought our corner and came out on top. I thought we were going to win on points at the judicial review - but we've won by knockout, which is even better.
"Basically what they [the OPLC] are saying is that they don't want the legal wrangles to go on because they're going to get beat - and they know they're going to get beat. The expert advice that Leyton Orient have submitted on the Newham Borough loan [of £40million to West Ham] means it's certainly illegal and something they should have thought about before.
"The whole bid process is stopped; West Ham are stopped; everyone else is stopped and they have to start the proecss all over again. West Ham have every right to bid for it; so do Orient, so do Tottenham, so do cricket and rugby. Everyone has a chance now; all bets are off and we have a chance to be heard."
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