Fans' groups want stadium talks
Supporters from Spurs, West Ham and Leyton Orient have demanded a meeting with the Olympic Park Legacy Company over Olympic Stadium's future.
Last Updated: 02/02/11 4:05pm
The Football Supporters' Federation are backing the fan groups and have written to the OPLC, the Premier League, the Football Association, Government ministers and the mayors of Newham and London to express supporters' opposition to the West Ham and Spurs bids.
The Hammers, in a joint bid with Newham Council, want to create a 60,000-capacity facility for football, athletics, concerts and community use.
Tottenham have pledged to create an athletics legacy elsewhere by contributing to the refurbishment of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, with the Olympic Stadium being used solely for football.
The FSF claim both bids endanger Orient's future.
FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke said: "Football appears to have learnt nothing from the Wimbledon move to Milton Keynes. Why the Premier League has waved through these plans we have no idea. It would appear to contradict their own rules.
"The FA has yet to express a view which is disappointing as the guardians of our game. The plans also breach promises made as part of the London 2012 Olympic bid.
"There should be no further moves on these plans until both Spurs and West Ham have fully consulted their fans and held a vote of all supporters on them. Orient fans should also be allowed their say too. Likewise supporters of Crystal Palace. We want the Olympic Legacy Company to hear supporters' voices before they take any decision."
Spurs fans have already set up the WeAreN17 campaign to keep the club in North London, while a group of West Ham fans opposed to the proposed Olympic Stadium move called MYWHUFC has been set up.
WeAreN17 spokesman Darren Alexander said: "It would tear the heart and soul out of Spurs. Why hasn't the club board sat down with supporters and talked about their plans in detail?"
MYWHUFC spokesman Peter Caton said the Olympic Stadium would be "wrong, wrong, wrong" for West Ham.
"This will affect not only West Ham fans but visiting supporters and our neighbours Orient," he said. "I'm against us leaving Upton Park, especially for a ground that would still have a running track."
Leyton Orient Fans' Trust chairman Doug Harper added: "Either Spurs or West Ham moving to Stratford would have an adverse effect on us."