West Ham Confident in Keeping Stadium After Private Investigation
August 4, 2011
West Ham feel they have been cleared of any wrongdoing after a private investigation was made into any preference they were giving in winning the Olympic Stadium bid.
The enquiry was made after it was revealed that Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) employee Dionne Knight had worked for the Hammers during the bidding process.
The OPLC will make their own enquiry which could halt West Hams plan to move into the stadium and still could leave the door open for Tottenham to challenge for its occupancy. But West Ham are still confident in their findings.
A statement from Upton Park claims the findings from the inquiry, conducted by barristers Blackstone Chambers, ‘completely exonerate’ the club.
The statement read: ‘(The inquiry) concluded firmly that Ms Knight’s work had in no way affected the integrity of the joint West Ham United-London Borough of Newham bid which was approved by the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
‘The findings – which completely exonerate the club over the matter and showed it acted lawfully at all times – came after the consideration of all relevant correspondence and documentation, along with statements from all relevant officials.
‘The report found no confidential information was passed by the OPLC to West Ham United through Ms Knight. Similarly, it found that no person at the club has at any point considered themselves to have an improper source of information or influence within the OPLC.’
Ms Knight was suspended by the OPLC after admitting she had worked as a paid consultant for West Ham.