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Orient slam Olympic Stadium 'injustice'
The rejection of Leyton Orient’s bid to challenge the decision allowing West Ham United to move into the Olympic stadium goes against the purpose of the stadium’s legacy, according to the Brisbane Road club.
An O's spokesman said the decision was made on financial grounds and not with the intended purpose of community regeneration.
The spokesman added that West Ham's barrister today claimed, despite previous indications from the Hammers, that the club did not want a ground sharing arrangement because it would adversely affect the Premiership club.
It is claimed West Ham's barrister said the stadium is now part of the club's "brand".
A statement published this afternoon on Orient's website said: “We feel a real sense of injustice at today’s decision.
“Our real concern is the lack of transperancy that has been shown throughout the process by a public body.
“It is deeply disappointing that both the court and the London Legacy Development Committee (LLDC) have made decisions based only on financial considerations, when the purpose of the stadium’s legacy was regeneration of the area with a community focus.
“We believe that the LLDC exercised its discretion to favour West Ham United, no doubt under pressure from West Ham United to make them sole football tenants for the benefit of their “brand”.
“Delivering a new brand to West Ham United was not the intended purpose of the Olympic stadium, and we now have to look to the House of Lords to find a common sense solution for [the] Olympic legacy and local community.”
The statement ended by saying the club will enjoy its on-field success, with the team currently sitting at the top of League One without dropping any points this season, while it considers how to proceed in the "best interest of the club".
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