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League One Orient in Olympic Stadium legal bid.

LEYTON Orient owner Barry Hearn has hit out at the London Legacy Development Corporation for the "massive, massive mistake" of granting West Ham anchor tenancy of the Olympic Stadium.

Hearn has been opposed to the Barclays Premier League club moving to the stadium, which is a stones-throw from the Matchroom Stadium, home of npower League One outfit Orient.

Following yesterday's announcement that West Ham will commence a 99-year lease of the stadium from the 2016/17 season, Hearn maintains the move could cause irreparable damage to his club, with the 64-year-old believing the LLDC did not consider a ground-sharing agreement between the two clubs in question "The LLDC have made a massive, massive mistake," he said.

"They are my lawyer's words and not mine, in as far as they have ignored their own rules so we are going to challenge that with a judicial review in the High Court. If we win then obviously discussions will be forced upon the LLDC and [mayor of London] Boris Johnson and everyone else and make sure they consider Leyton Orient.

"What does the world legacy really mean? I hear the word from politicians all the time and I don't think they can even spell the word. It is just a game. Well we are not in a game, we are in a fight for survival and we have to do everything available to us to continue the fight.

"It is a mess, the whole thing has been a mess for the last six years, horribly handled by lots of different people," he said. "We are at the point where we are seeing if the club that is 750 yards away from the Olympic Park are being abused, ignored and sledge-hammered."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 23, 2013
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