Date: 16th February 2011 at 7:47pm
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Leyton Orient, led by Chairman Barry Hearn, held a press conference today addressing West Ham’s proposed move to the Olympic Stadium.

The issue has been boiling away since it was announced that the Olympic Park Legacy Committee (OPLC) had given the nod to the Hammers bid to move into the stadium over Tottenham’s.

The complete disregard of Orient’s plight has angered many involved with the club, including Hearn, who today announced the possibility of legal action.

Hearn was quoted in the the Guardian as saying: ‘It’s a question of due process and whether the Olympic Park Legacy Committee, the department for culture, media and sport and even the prime minister have given consideration to Leyton Orient in these discussions.’

Hearn said that he and lawyers were considering a judicial review to fight or at least delay West Ham’s possible move, adding that he had ‘written to David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Hugh Robertson and Jeremy Hunt asking them not to rubberstamp West Ham’s move at this stage and at least give us the respect, the decency and the right to put our case forward about the continuation of our football club.’

Whilst legal action is not ideal, as it would probably mean that the issue will drag on even longer than it already has, it seems like one of the only viable options to get our voices heard.

Our Chairman will also rightly tackle the Premier League and their rules over the issue, ‘The rules of the Premier League, to my untrained legal eyes, are very black and white. They say they will not grant consent for a club to move grounds if it would adversely effect clubs who have their registered ground in the immediate vicinity,’ Hearn said. The top footballing bodies decision to seemingly ignore one of their own obvious rules has only made the situation worse.

He will also be meeting Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore on Friday, where hopefully the league of the biggest clubs in the country will finally acknowledge one of the little men.

But on a brighter note the press conference also looked forward to our ‘big game’, where Arsenal visit Brisbane Road on Sunday in the FA Cup. The cup itself visited our ground this morning as everyone involved with Orient can forget about the Olympic Stadium mess for a bit and enjoy one of the O’s biggest games in recent years.

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