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LLDC veto West Ham's veto

Filed: Monday, 25th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

The London Legacy Development Corporation has told an Olympic Stadium appeal hearing that West Ham United do NOT have the power to prevent other clubs from using the Olympic Stadium.

West Ham have long insisted that the club has the power to prevent any other football club from sharing the Olympic Stadium.

However that view is set to be challenged following a tribunal held in London this morning to determine whether the club and the LLDC were within their rights to withhold details pertaining to United's lease of the stadium.

According to reports, the LLDC are understood to have told the hearing that West Ham do not have a veto on ground-sharing - and that both Tottenham and Chelsea could be offered a temporary home in Stratford whilst the redevelopment of White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge takes place.

Back in September 2014, West Ham vice chair Karren Brady insisted that the club had the power to veto any potential ground-share.

"In reality they [Tottenham] probably could [ground share the Olympic Stadium] – but only with our permission," she said. "No one has asked us for our permission and, if they did, we would probably say no, depending on who it is – if you get my drift.

"We are the anchor tenant for the winter matches and nothing else can happen in that time without our permission and our football matches take priority over everything else."

Last month the London Assembly called for the full details of the LLDC's arrangement with West Ham to be revealed. A verdict from today's tribunal is expected to take several weeks to reach.

The LLDC have spent in the region of £17,000 of taxpayers' money defending their position so far.

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