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West Ham United have been plunged into disarray following failed talks late last night to prevent the seemingly completed deal for them to move into the Olympic Stadium being torn up.
The Hammers are due to leave Upton Park at the end of the current campaign and move down the road to Stratford. However, that is no longer the case due to a loophole found by Premier League rival’s Tottenham Hotspur representatives.
Spurs have long been bitter about being unable to, at the very least, ground-share with the Hammers. Therefore, Daniel Levy has made it his aim to cause problems for David Sullivan and David Gold, despite the fact the Lilywhites have the go ahead for their own brand spanking new stadium.
Levy set a team of lawyers to work on the Olympic Stadium deal, and reports suggest that the Hammers are in violation of ‘The Olympic Stadium Agreement’ in relation to section 13-1102, subsection A, paragraph 3 under ‘Maximum Games’. To put that in layman’s terms, the stadium can only host 20 football games a season due to an agreement with neighbours in the surrounding areas due to concerns over noise and high footfall.
How such a huge issue was able to be hidden during months and months of talks is truly remarkable and highly concerning given the profile of the parties involved.
With Upton Park already sold off, the Hammers are facing the very real prospect of being homeless come the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season. An embarrassing and awkward situation for the claret and blue of east London.
There’s really only one solution for the Irons and that is to make a conscious effort to fail in cup competitions, you know, like the history books will tell you they regularly do.