David Gold fires back in latest OS row

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 24th June 2015

David Gold has told former Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn to "get over it" following the latest row regarding the tenancy of the Olympic Stadium.

Gold - speaking via Twitter this morning - also told Hearn to "move on", 24 hours after the former Orient supremo yet again questioned the validity of the agreement allowing West Ham to take occupancy of the Olympic Stadium.

The latest row began when Dagenham-born Hearn, whose long-running legal battle to prevent West Ham occupying the arena ended last summer when he sold the club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti, insisted that details of West Ham's occupation of the stadium should be made public.

"The actual deal West Ham has got is still confidential and our current mayor of London is refusing to reveal details," he said. "As a taxpayer, I find that quite confusing.

"When people spend my money, I rather like to know what it's been spent on. In the absence of that information we can only speculate that it is a deal so beneficial to West Ham that it becomes questionable in its own right."

West Ham's contribution to the ?272million costs required to make the stadium fit for Premier League football is reported to be just ?15million. However the club's annual ground rent - estimated to be in the region of ?2million per year - has never been confirmed.

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