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Hearn ready to throw in the towel

Filed: Wednesday, 20th March 2013
By: Staff Writer

Orient chairman Barry Hearn has admitted that he expects to be defeated in his latest battle to overturn the decision by the LLDC to award West Ham United preferred bidder status for the Olympic Stadium.

Hearn, who successfully challenged the London Legacy Development Company's last decision admitted tonight that whilst he will fight West Ham's move for as long as possible, he is unlikely to prove ultimately successful.

"Eventually I will get beaten. They may go through the motions," he said. "If I lose the judicial review, I have got to walk.

"I've cost people a lot of money and spent a lot of money myself but I don't regret it because I think I am in the right.

"We think they [the LLDC] are in breach of their own rules. We are hoping the judge says 'no, these are the rules, you have not followed them, you must sit down and talk about teaming'."

Hearn insists - with little to no evidence - that his own club will be put out of business should West Ham be allowed to move into the Olympic Stadium.

Earlier this month he confirmed that he would be seeking a judicial review over the LLDC's latest decision to grant West Ham preferred bidder status, basing his decision on the Development Company's failure to explore a ground-share option involving both West Ham and Orient.

West Ham's move to Stratford is a step closer tonight after it was revealed that the club are set to be confirmed as the stadium's new tenants this coming Friday.

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