Orient join court battle over �40m Olympic Stadium loan

Leyton Orient are set to join Tottenham Hotspur in a court battle over the future of the Olympic Stadium.

Spurs bosses revealed earlier this week they would seek a judicial review of Newham Council’s decision to award a �40 million loan to a company set up with West Ham United to run the venue after next year’s Games.

The funding award was crucial in securing Newham and West Ham’s status as preferred bidders for the Stadium when the Olympic Park Legacy Company voted on the matter in February.

Today Orient chairman Barry Hearn revealed his side had applied to the High Court for permission to launch a similar action.

He said the club will also be seeking leave for actions against the government, the Mayor of London and the Premier League.

Bosses at League One side fear a move by West Ham to the Olympic Stadium could draw fans away from their nearby ground.