West Ham Go To Court Again
West Ham say that they "are taking legal action in relation to allegations made in today's Sunday Times." The legal action is being taken against The Sunday Times and Tottenham Hotspur.
The action seems to be based on The Sunday Times statement that Tottenham Hotspur employed investigators who obtained private information illegally. The Sunday Times, in an article titled Olympic Boss Paid Secret Cash, claimed that West Ham paid a member of the OPLC £1,868 to try and influence the decision over who to award the Olympics Stadium to.
The money was paid to Dionne Knight, the OPLC's director of corporate services. West Ham claim that the money was paid to Dionne Knight for her work for the Legacy Stadium Partnership (LSP) owned 50% by London Borough of Newham and 50% by West Ham. This work was in relation to the procurement of a construction partner after the Olympic Games.
West Ham say that "the OPLC has confirmed that Ms Knight had absolutely no involvement in the bidding process." They further claim that the money paid to her was not 'secret' and that 'her work was very transparent and the bidding process was never compromised'.