Brady Labels Spurs Olympic Stadium Bid ‘Smash & Grab’

December 24, 2010

Karren Brady, vice-chairman of English Premier League soccer club West Ham United has criticised London rivals, Tottenham’s attempt to hi-jack the Hammers’ proposed switch to the Olympic Stadium post 2012.

Although West Ham remain favourites to be awarded the rights to move into the venue following the London Olympics, the financially stronger option of Tottenham has a number of supporters.

Crucially many of these supporters are not actually Tottenham fans, who along with local MP David Lammy, feel that a refurbishment of the club’s current home ground at White Hart Lane would be a better option.

In her regular column in British newspaper the Sun today, Brady writes: “It is an understatement to say I’m unhappy with the way Spurs have gone about trying to wrest the rights to the Olympic Stadium from us.

“Our bid has been founded on goodwill to the community, to the Council, to athletics and sport overall. 

“We have powerful support and the funds.

“Spurs’ is an attempted smash and grab in our manor, sneaky and of no known benefit to anyone beyond their backers and major shareholders, who by the way are not based in the UK and don’t pay UK tax unlike our owners who have always lived, worked, employed and paid tax here.

“Even their own fans hate the idea of a multi-mile move. 

“Spurs are trying to muscle in where they are not wanted.”