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West Ham accuse stadium owners of 'deliberately misleading the public'

West Ham have hit back at the owners of London stadium after accusations during the week.

The Hammers are fuming the supremo of the London Legacy Development Corporation which controls the ground labelled their tenancy as the "elephant in the room" regarding the company's plight which saw them lose £22million last year.

Lyn Garner's statement this week came just days after E20, who run the London Stadium, wrongly suggested West Ham had not paid some of their bills which prompted a furious reaction from the club.

West Ham released a statement to The Sun: "West Ham United are concerned that this is deliberately misleading the public and, more importantly, taxpayers.

"West Ham now pay £3m in rent due to additional annual fees that have been introduced since our agreement in 2013 and a further £6m was received by our landlord from the food and beverage sold at our matches.

"With additional fees we pay for services at the London Stadium, the total revenues received from West Ham United and our activities is £10m a year.

"The current strategy to point the finger at West Ham United is simply not the solution to the long-term viability and commercial success of the venue.

"We are running a football club, not the stadium, and for Ms Garner to lay any blame for their financial struggles at our door is wrong and misleading the public."

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