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Olympic Stadium corruption claims rejected

West Ham FC will remain the preferred bidder for legacy use of the Olympic Stadium, after an independent investigation quashed suspicions of foul play within the selection process.

The investigation found that Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) employee Dionne Knight had not influenced the decision by the OPLC, despite reports that she had been paid £20,000 by West Ham FC director Ian Tompkins, with whom she was reportedly in a relationship, according to the Sunday Times.

The independent investigation concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that Knight had access to confidential information relating to the stadium process, that she passed confidential information to West Ham United FC or any other third party, or that she influenced the stadium preferred bidder selection process.

The OPLC launched the investigation into its internal stadium procedures − carried out by independent auditors Moore Stephens − on 5 July, after allegations against Knight emerged in the Sunday Times on 3 July.

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