Leyton Orient join Tottenham in legal fight over Olympic Stadium
Thursday 14 April 2011
Leyton Orient have today begun legal proceedings over West Ham's proposed move to the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.
The League One club have followed Tottenham in seeking permission for a judicial review against Newham Borough Council.
Chairman Barry Hearn claims the Council's decision to loan £40million to the company which will be set up to run the stadium after the Olympics, who will then rent it West Ham, is unlawful.
Hearn fears a Premier League club moving within two miles of their Brisbane Road ground puts their future at risk.
Orient are also planning a judicial review application against the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Government, the Minister of Sport and the Mayor of London.
Furthermore, they will take action against the Premier League who they feel have ignored their own rules by giving West Ham the go-ahead.
Hearn is clearly in no mood to back down and told Sky Sports News: "The whole plan is that we do not want West Ham in the Olympic Stadium, it is black and white, we think they are on our patch.
"We think various parties have acted unlawfully and illegally and they need to be called to task. We have started today with the official announcement we have submitted for judicial review an application request against Newham Borough Council.
"This is an all-encompassing charge by Leyton Orient, a battle by the little man against the big forces of evil if you like, this represents a challenge to our future and we have no choice but to fight our corner, and we believe we have right on our side."
Latest in Sport
Petr Cech to Arsenal: How does the £11m deal compare with the Gunners' best ever Premier League signings?
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: United photographer follows £25m midfielder on Twitter ahead of announcement
Petr Cech to Arsenal: Gunners to announce completed deal today after Chelsea goalkeeper undergoes a medical
Petr Cech confirms Arsenal move: Transfer news live - Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United and Christian Benteke to Liverpool
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
- 1 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 2 Should Apple buy Greece?
- 3 Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain
- 4 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 5 Lionel Richie at Glastonbury 2015, review: Like the anti-Kanye he delights in audience engagement
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Austerity is essential if Britain wants to reduce inequality – why can't the left-wingers who march against it realise this?
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal