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Hearn completes sale of his stake in Leyton Orient

Barry Hearn has completed the sale of his stake in Leyton Orient Football Club to Francesco Becchetti.

Hearn’s company Matchroom Sport Ltd’s 90pc shareholding in the Club has passed to the Italian businessman, who will become the Club’s new chairman.

Hearn, his son Eddie, Steve Dawson and David Dodd have resigned from the board of directors whilst Matthew Porter has stood down as Chief Executive but will remain as a director of the Club.

Sports promoter Hearn acquired a controlling stake in Leyton Orient from Tony Wood in March 1995, making him one of the longest serving owners in English football, during which time the Club’s stadium has been rebuilt on three sides and the team has established itself in League One, following promotion in 2006.

A full announcement regarding the Club’s new board of directors and a press conference with Barry Hearn and Francesco Becchetti will follow on Thursday.

– Leyton Orient statement

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Leyton Orient ends dispute over Olympic Stadium

A settlement has been reached with Leyton Orient over the decision to allow West Ham sole occupancy of the Olympic Stadium.

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In a statment today the Premier League said:

"The Premier League and Leyton Orient FC are pleased to announce that they have reached settlement of a dispute regarding the future use of the Olympic Stadium on terms which are confidential.

"Leyton Orient confirms, however, that it no longer disputes the validity of the Premier League’s decision to allow West Ham United to occupy the Stadium."

Wolves take down Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient's Moses Odubajo and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Scott Golbourne battle for the ball
Leyton Orient's Moses Odubajo and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Scott Golbourne battle for the ball Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

In League One, Leyton Orient took on Wolverhampton Wolves at home. First-half goals from Richard Stearman and Bakary Sako put Wolves on top at the break, but an early reply from Dean Cox gave Orient some hope.

In the end those hopes were dashed - with a decisive three nil win for Wolves. The results puts them at the top of the table.

Leyton Orient fans asked to pick the match playlist

Leyton Orient is asking fans to help pick the playlist for the pre-match and half-time music at the stadium.

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All fans need to do is tweet the name of the song and the artist followed by the hash tag #OrientMusic. The songs are then added to the playlist of home games.

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Leyton Orient FC said: "With six HUGE home games to go in the race for promotion, this is your chance to help build the atmosphere inside E10. Up the O's."

Read more: Leyton Orient fan leaves club £150,000 in his will

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Leyton Orient match called off

Leyton Orient's League One home game against Bristol City tomorrow is off, a victim of the bad weather.

The floodlights at the Matchroom Stadium were damaged in high winds over Christmas, and have not been repaired in time for the scheduled New Year's Day fixture.

It's a blow to Leyton Orient's hopes of going back to the top of the League One table, after they were overtaken by Brentford on Sunday.

West Ham can't block Orient to strike Olympic stadium bid

West Ham will not be able to block Leyton Orient agreeing a separate deal to rent the Olympic Stadium, the League One club's chairman has disclosed.

Barry Hearn said the news had emerged from a meeting he had had with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

General view of the Olympic Stadium, London. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

West Ham won the bid to be the anchor tenants but Hearn said the LLDC had confirmed the Premier League club could not block other companies or clubs agreeing deals to use the Olympic Stadium when it was not being used by the Hammers.

Hearn told Press Association Sport: ""I was not sure if West Ham were guaranteed to be the only football club using the stadium and the breakthrough news for me was that the answer is no, they are just a tenant".

Arrest after attack on Orient keeper

Police have arrested a man after a pitch invasion during Leyton Orient's League One clash away at Swindon Town yesterday.

Orient's 3-1 win at the County Ground was marred when a Swindon supporter ran on to the pitch and appeared to attack the league leader's goalkeeper, Jamie Jones.

Jones' manager, Russell Slade, said although his player was unhurt, he was left angry by the incident - which he described as the worst he had seen since becoming a manager.

Swindon chairman Jed McCrory said the club would be launching a review of its safety measures.

"We will be speaking to the police with reference to their report next week.

"We don't condone any actions where supporters come on to the pitch and, if found guilty, he will receive a ban.

"We apologise to Jamie Jones, the Leyton Orient board members and their supporters and will review the stewarding around the ground to make sure this doesn't happen again."

– Jed McCrory, Swindon chairman

Wiltshire Police confirmed they had arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the incident.

A force spokesman said: "He was arrested on suspicion of pitch invasion and remains in custody at Gablecross Police Station, Swindon, at this stage.

"Police inquiries are ongoing."

Leyton Orient FC 'should be allowed Olympic Stadium access'

Leyton Orient Football Club, Brisbane Road
Leyton Orient Football Club, Brisbane Road Credit: PA/ Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

An influential group of peers says Leyton Orient football club should be allowed occasional use of the Olympic Stadium.

The stadium is to be the new home of Premier League club West Ham - near neighbours of Orient.

The call comes in a report out today in which the House of Lords Committee criticises the Government's Olympic legacy projects.

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