Spurs has followed its recent call for a judicial review of Newham council’s endorsement of West Ham’s rival bid for the Olympic Stadium by launching a judicial review against basically everyone else involved.
In a short statement yesterday the North London team said it had formally approached the High Court to bring a claim against the Olympic Park Legacy Company Limited, the Mayor of London, the Minister for Sport and the Olympics and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for “judicial review of a series of decisions made by them to appoint a joint bid by the London Borough of Newham and West Ham United Football Club as preferred bidder in a competition for the lease of the Olympic Stadium”.
It comes after Spurs on 13 March asked for a judicial review of Newham council’s decision to underwrite a £40m loan from the Treasury towards rival West Ham’s £90m relocation costs.
It is still not clear exactly what Spurs will argue was wrong with the decision to pick West Ham. However the fact that the initial JR focuses on Newham’s financial backing of West Ham’s bid means we can safely assume it will seek to turn the spotlight on how sound West Ham’s finances are.
West Ham owner David Sullivan’s widely quoted comments yesterday that the club is in a “worse financial position than any other in the country” will no doubt be of interest.