11:58am Wednesday 16th February 2011
By Dominic Gover
BARRY Hearn is consulting lawyers over the decision to give West Ham Utd the Olympic Stadium.
A judicial review could now follow if Orient attempt to show that the government and the football authorities failed to follow due process, by ignoring the impact upon Leyton Orient of West Ham moving into the site in Stratford.
"The advice I'm getting is that I have grounds against the government and the Premier League," said Hearn.
"I find it absolutely staggering the lack of respect from all sides. I think they've completely ignored us.
"They are not allowed to do that. It seems black and white that they do not have the power to do that."
Branding the situation "a matter of life and death," Hearn accused the government and football authorities of "bullying" Leyton Orient.
Hearn has written to Prime Minister David Cameron, London mayor Boris Johnson and others setting out Orient's case against West Ham's bid.
The Orient chairman admitted he did not know how to best solve the legacy question hanging over the Stratford facility.
"The Olympics is great for the infrastructure and investment. It's ironic the legacy of the Games maybe the demise of a football club."
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