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Tottenham accused of spying by Olympic Park Legacy Company

The executives responsible for selecting a tenant for London's Olympic Stadium were put under surveillance by one of the bidders, the chair of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has said. All 14 board members were monitored on behalf of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Baroness Ford told the London Assembly, reports BBC News.

Baroness Ford told the assembly: "My board were put under surveillance by Tottenham Hotspur and the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur felt confident enough to say that in the Sunday Times several months ago, that all 14 members of my board were put under surveillance.

"The Metropolitan Police are now conducting an investigation into that surveillance.

"There has been all kinds of behaviour here that I could not have anticipated which, believe me, has not been pleasant in the last 12 months.

"I'm expecting the unexpected because that's what the last 12 months has told me.

"Our job now is to narrow, as far as we possibly can, the scope now for legitimate legal challenge in this next process. That is all that we can do.

"If people want then to be vexatious, frivolous and vindictive or whatever they want, they will do that."

Spurs rejected Baroness Ford's comments and issued a statement through their lawyers, which read: "The club did not undertake, instruct or engage any party to conduct surveillance on any member of the OPLC Committee and we consider the making of this baseless accusation to be wholly inappropriate and irresponsible.

"We totally reject the accusation in the strongest possible terms.''

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