SPURS LAUNCH JUDICIAL REVIEW OVER OLYMPIC STADIUM

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has launched a judicial review into the final decision of the future of the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

The legal dispute is the latest challenge for Olympic officials who decided to hand over the £537million Stratford stadium to Premier League strugglers West Ham United after next year's games. Both Spurs and Leyton Orient were overlooked by the decision makers.

A club statement explained that the court action is against the Olympic Park Legacy Company Limited, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson and Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It said: "[We] continue to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to agree a feasible stadium solution."

Tottenham has already begun legal proceedings for another judicial review, regarding the deal made between Newham Council and West Ham to fund the winning bid, which is believed to include a loan of around £40m. Spurs is looking for a long-term new home to replace White Hart Lane, having gained planning permission for but publicly rejected building a new stadium in Haringey in Northumberland Park.

Posted on 10/05/2011