West Ham United ‘could face legal challenge’ over Olympic Stadium

SPURS and Leyton Orient may consider legal challenges to West Ham United’s selection as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium, which is expected to be ratified at an Olympic Park Legacy Company board meeting this morning

West Ham’s bid is considered to be the only one that satisfied all five criteria laid down by the Government.

A full board meeting of the Legacy Company starts =at 8am. An announcement, expected to confirm West Ham’s selection as preferred bidder, is expected by 11am.

The decision will then have to be ratified by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Government ministers Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Political support for West Ham’s commitment to retain the running track, which satisfies London’s “Singapore promise” of an athletics legacy, is strong and is understood to have played a key part in the success.

But the process could face judicial review by Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient. Former Spurs chairman Lord Alan Sugar yesterday said the decision was “flawed”