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SBD Global/December 17, 2012/Facilities

Leyton Orient Owner Says Fight Against West Ham Olympic Stadium Occupation Will Continue

League One Leyton Orient Owner Barry Hearn said that the "Olympic Stadium debacle is going to run and run and run," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Hearn is to "continue his legal battles" after meeting the London Legacy Development Corp. Hearn had been "expected to call off his lawyers" from opposing West Ham’s move to Stratford after the EPL club were named preferred bidders by the LLDC, with Orient’s groundshare application rejected. But he now intends to re-activate a High Court action "challenging the Premier League giving the Hammers the green light to relocate to the Olympic Park." West Ham is expected to finalize terms with the LLDC by next March. Hearn will wait until that contract is signed before "taking up arms" against the EPL -- "ensuring months more of uncertainly around this troubled project." Hearn said, "I can’t oppose the decision until West Ham have a deal in place. I know, after talking to the LLDC, that the Olympic Stadium is all about money and nothing about community values. And we believe the Premier League don’t understand their own rulebook by allowing West Ham to move to Stratford." The EPL says there are many criterias to take into account over such a move -- "only one of which is it having a negative impact on another club in the vicinity" (DAILY MAIL, 12/14).
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