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Row ignites over retractable seating at Olympic Stadium

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A subcontractor which helped install retractable seating at the Olympic Stadium has threatened to sabotage equipment to disrupt the Rugby World Cup in a dispute over an upaid bill

Events firm Gallowglass, run by former Scotland player Nick Grecian, says it is owed £712,000 by Alto Seating, the main contractor, which last week went into voluntary liquidation.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Gallowglass says it was considering entering the Populous-designed stadium in east London this week to remove equipment needed for the retractable seating to work.

Grecian told the paper: ‘We could potentially do it before Wednesday and certainly before the third-place play-off match.

‘We’ve developed loads for the Olympics, the Rugby World Cup, and suddenly we’re going to get shafted, and we’ll lose everything.’

The London Legacy Development Corporation, which owns the stadium, said that there is no threat to the remaining two World Cup games scheduled for Wednesday and 30 October.

It said that, having paid Alto for the work, it had no responsibility to compensate Gallowglass.

However, a spokesman told the Telegraph: ‘We absolutely recognise the appalling circumstances that these sub-contracting firms have been left in – it’s a disgraceful position, quite frankly. I very much hope that, through working together, we can provide a satisfactory remedy for them.’

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