Spurs kick off their stadium challenge

Tottenham Hotspur have taken the first steps towards mounting a legal challenge over the decision to grant West Ham United the Olympic Stadium.

The club have written to the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Minister for Sport, the Mayor of London and Newham Council "raising concerns with the processes which led to the award". Both bidders were judged on their abilities to meet five criteria, with the OPLC choosing West Ham to take over the £486m stadium, a decision that was rubber-stamped by the government and the Mayor.

The OPLC has four weeks to reply, after which Tottenham will decide whether to seek a judicial review. The OPLC remains confident that Spurs have no grounds for a successful review. Leyton Orient are also considering legal action.