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London Olympic stadium at centre of corruption scandal

July 04, 2011 11:58 IST

The 500 million pounds 2012 London Olympic stadium is reportedly at the centre of a corruption scandal.

One of London's biggest football clubs has been exposed for making secret payments to an executive on the body that awarded the stadium to the club after the Games are completed, the Sunday Times reported.

West Ham United made payments totalling 20,000 pounds into the executive's bank account before and after it was selected as the owner of the stadium in east London, the report claimed.

The money was paid to the director of corporate services at the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the quango that awarded the stadium to West Ham, the reported alleged.

The arrangement was put in place by a director of West Ham who masterminded its Olympic stadium bid. Both executives were suspended on Friday after the newspaper confronted them with evidence of the payments, the report claimed.

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