West Ham issue statement on Olympic Stadium bid after breach of confidentiality by Leyton Orient

The Hammers have hit back at O's owner Barry Hearn, after he claimed that awarding the £486m ground to the Premier League side means the taxpayer would be servicing the club's debt
West Ham United have released a statement regarding what they describe as 'inaccuracies' reported in the media over their bid to occupy the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers believes comments made by Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn breach the strict obligations of confidentiality that all parties involved in the bid process have agreed to.

A statement on the club's official website read: "West Ham United have strict obligations of confidentiality under agreements, relating to the Olympic Stadium concessionaire tender process, which we continue to respect. However, we are frustrated that we cannot counter some of the recent inaccuracies reported about our bid in the media."

Hearn criticised West Ham's bid earlier this week, he believes giving the Olympic Stadium to West Ham alone would amount to subsidising the club’s £90 million debt.
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He told The Telegraph: “They are owned by two of the richest men in the country so why should the taxpayer effectively service their debt after years of mismanagement by previous owners?"

“The stadium needs more than one football club so it is open and attracting people every weekend.”

West Ham strongly refute Hearn's claims and insist they will maintain the terms of their bid while continuing to respect the process.

Their statement continued: "Our bid is world-class, both in terms of delivering a legacy and a financial solution, and no-one else in the country or the rest of the world can match us in this respect" 

"If selected, we look forward to being able to announce our multi-million pound commitment to the stadium when the decision is finalised, but in the meantime we continue to respect the process."