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I was misled over stadium plans, claims Gold

Filed: Thursday, 8th March 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has blamed Olympic Stadium architects for comments he made regarding West Ham's move from Upton Park to Stratford.

Gold was roundly accused of lying to supporters when a video emerged of the octogenarian stating that West Ham would not move to Stratford unless the seats were as close to the pitch as they were at Upton Park.

However speaking in an interview for Phoenix FM, the 81-year-old (who will be 82 in September) insisted that he had been misled by the stadium developers. "The original plans provided by the architect weren't viable," he said. "So we believed the seats would be closer.

"Major problems have been created by still having athletics there - it's not sustainable to move the seating backwards and forweards as it costs a fortune. They should move to the Athletics Stadium in Birnmingham that they could easily use."

During the interview Gold reiterated his support for the decision to move to Stratford as, he insisted, it was necessary for the club to progress. It has since been revealed that the club's annual revenue rose by around 8million as a result of leaving Upton Park.

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