The Olympic Park Legacy Company has rebuffed suggestions that Tottenham Hotspur’s legal battle to move to the Olympic Stadium has been boosted by the revelation that one of its employees has also been a paid consultant of rival bidders West Ham.
Tottenham announced earlier this week that it planned to return to the High Court to continue its fight for a judicial review of the OPLC’s decision to award the Olympic Stadium to West Ham.
In a statement today the OPLC confirmed it had suspended an employee after it had emerged that they were also undertaking paid consultancy work for West Ham United FC.
The OPLC said that the individual was in a relationship with an employee at West Ham.
It said: “The Company had no knowledge of this work and no permission was given to undertake it. This individual had no involvement whatsoever in our stadium process.
“The individual concerned had declared a personal relationship with an employee of West Ham United FC when she joined the organisation and we therefore put robust measures in place to ensure our stadium process was not compromised.
“The stadium team has been based at our law firm Eversheds’ offices in the City and only the stadium team had access to information about the bids.
“As soon as this new information came to light the Company took immediate action and launched an independent investigation. The employee has been suspended pending the outcome of this.”
A spokeswoman for the OPLC told CoStar News that the move would not affect Tottenham’s bid to have the decision to back West Ham’s bid overturned as the individual had no access to information on the separate bids and had “no influence on the bids”.
I think Spurs might just have a different view on this.