Petition launched to highlight concerns

icon olymball19 September ~ Leyton Orient have won their opening seven games and top the League One table but their supporters are worried the club will fold if West Ham's Olympic Stadium plans go through. Supporters argue that allowing the Hammers to move to the new ground in east London contravenes League rules that state a move will only be sanctioned when it "would not adversely affects clubs having their registered grounds in the immediate vicinity of the proposed location". The Olympic Stadium is just one mile from Brisbane Road.

The project will receive £40 million backing from Newham Council, as well as nearly £60m from other government departments, at a time when most are being asked to cut back their budgets and services. The campaign group Stand Up For The Orient have set up the petition, which can be read in detail and signed here, to highlight their concerns. The group's spokesperson Mat Roper said: "We are calling upon all football fans in the country to support us. The move of a premier league club onto our patch could kill off Leyton Orient and contravenes not only the FA's own rules but would decimate the communities it leaves behind."

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