West Ham United’s London Stadium woes are set to continue with the club entering a £100 million-plus legal battle with their landlords, according to The Telegraph.
There is a clear disagreement between the Hammers and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) as to how much of the ground’s 66,000 capacity they are entitled to use on matchdays.
Upon moving in during the summer of 2016, West Ham believed that the deal cut gave them 60,000 seats, but the LLDC claimed the figure was in fact just 53,500.
Although a compromise of 57,000 was ultimately reached, the Irons now want access to the remaining 9,000 and have brought a lawsuit against the landlords, who are demanding payment for anything above the current capacity.
This is the latest blow in what has become an incredibly difficult move into their new home for the East London outfit.
Many supporters were resistant to the switch when it was first announced and the ill feeling has increased over the last two years, with persistent complaints over the layout and atmosphere at the arena.
Originally built as a venue to host athletics at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, there is a growing sense that the stadium is not fit to host Premier League football.
Fan concerns that the club is losing its identity under the present ownership are directly linked to the move and emphatic protests against the hierarchy were in full swing during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley.
This latest distraction is one West Ham could certainly do without given that their top-flight status is hanging in the balance with just eight matches left to play.
With only three points separating the 16th-placed Hammers from the relegation zone, their next fixture against Southampton at the end of the month could go a long way towards deciding whether or not they drop into the Championship.