Levy defends Tottenham after Brady outburst

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy responded to Brady’s claims that it would be a “corporate crime to bring the bulldozers in” and demolish the Olympic Stadium at the end of the 2012 Games so Tottenham could build a new home, branding them “scaremongering and irresponsible”.

Levy said in a statement: “A lot of emotive phrasing has been used regarding the dismantling of the stadium and it is scaremongering and irresponsible.

“If we look at the facts, the Olympic Stadium as we now see it was never intended to be kept. The original 2012 legacy promised to dismantle all of the stadium above ground leaving a sunken 25,000-capacity athletics arena – that has proved unviable.

“Our plans involve the same amount of dismantling and this is in no way a loss of £500million of stadium infrastructure.

“Given how much of the original groundworks, substructure and podium will remain, around £420million worth, we are talking about £80million of above-ground infrastructure – all of which will be recycled or re-used.

“Additionally, our bid sees a return to the public purse which far exceeds this figure and our bid does not require any public sector funding.”

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