Olympic bosses ordered to reveal West Ham stadium deal

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Image caption West Ham are poised to move into their new home at the end of the 2015-16 season

Olympic Stadium bosses have been ordered to reveal details of their deal with West Ham United over the club's use of the east London venue.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) fought a ruling that the contract should be made public, but the appeal has been rejected by an Information Tribunal.

The LLDC said the decision could cost the organisation "millions of pounds".

West Ham are due to move to the Olympic Stadium at the end of the season.

A LLDC spokesperson said the decision "could significantly impact [on] the stadium's ability to act competitively" and it is considering its next steps.

It has the right to appeal against the latest decision, but only on a point of law.

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West Ham's vice-chairman Karren Brady has previously said she fought for the best deal, but has denied this was at the expense of taxpayers.

A fans' group which called for the publication of the contract said it was "naturally delighted with the outcome".

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This latest decision marks a significant chapter in a long-running tug of war over whether the deal should be made public.

Supporters of publication say they have every right to know where public money has been spent.

The LLDC insists commercial sensitivity could impact on other business, while West Ham are keeping their distance, saying they have nothing to hide.

If the deal is published, the focus is likely to be on how much rent the Hammers are paying and the arrangements for a stadium naming rights partner.

Football supporters first submitted a Freedom of Information request to obtain the tenancy agreement amid claims the LLDC would subsidise the rent.

As a result, the Information Commissioner ordered the deal should be made public.

However, bosses appealed saying it would place them at a commercial disadvantage, undermine negotiations and reduce returns to the taxpayer.

In January, the London Assembly heard that about £17,000 had been spent by the corporation to stop details of the deal being revealed.

Andrew Boff, a member of the assembly, said he was "delighted we have a legal confirmation for what the assembly has been saying unanimously for some time".

It has previously been revealed West Ham will not have to pay for staff, including cleaners and turnstile operators, when the club moves into the new ground.

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