Mayor of London Feels Spurs Judicial Review is Set to Fail

April 21, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that English Premier League soccer side Tottenham Hotspur’s bid to overturn the decision to allow rivals West Ham United to move to the Olympic Stadium after next year’s Games is doomed to fail.

Tottenham have sought permission from the high court to bring a judicial review against the London Borough of Newham over its provision of a US$65m loan to their London rivals in order to facilitate the club’s move to the Stratford site.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) chose to award preferred bidder status to West Ham’s joint bid with Newham to retain the stadium with its athletics track over a proposal from Tottenham to turn the site into a purpose-built 60,000-capacity soccer ground.

This decision still had to be ratified by the UK Government and the Mayor of London himself and Johnson stated: “We’ll have to see what happens with any legal challenge but my strong view is that the decision was the right one for London.

“The option of Spurs going to the Olympic Park has considerably receded.

“I’m confident the decision was properly taken. 

“There is no doubt about the way the whole thing was conducted by the OPLC.”