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Man found deceased amidst the construction of London’s Olympic Stadium

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At Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London, a 44-year-old man who was working on construction has been found deceased.

The stadium is undergoing redevelopments in preparation for the 2015 Rugby World Cup later this year and will then become Premier League club West Ham’s main arena in 2016.

According to reports, the man was found “unconscious” this morning and was pronounced dead 30 minutes after officers were notified of the body.

Law enforcement has yet to identify the person.

Per Sky Sports:

“Officers were called to the stadium at 07:30 this morning, Sunday, 28 June, to reports of a person having fallen from the stadium to the ground and being unconscious.

“The man was unresponsive when officers arrived at the scene. The London Ambulance Service attended and the man was pronounced dead shortly before 08:00…Formal identification has not yet taken place. However, officers are confident that they know the identity of the deceased.”

Chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corportation David Goldstone has identified the cause of death and has made sure to cease the building process for the time being.

“As yet the exact cause of death is unexplained, but we have stopped all work on site and will cooperate fully with the emergency services and all other relevant authorities on their investigations, ” he said. “We will also be conducting our own thorough examination of events.”

West Ham unveils classy throwback kits, chairman says club will sell out new, larger home

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As West Ham United prepares for its new digs at Olympic Stadium in 2016, the London club will bid adieu to the Boleyn Ground with a classy throwback kit.

With an all-gold crest that pays homage to the 110-plus years the Hammers have called the Upton Park venue their home, West Ham’s claret and blue kit features a sky blue collar, sleeves and — our favorite — ring around the socks.

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Hammers co-chairman David Gold admits that leaving the Boleyn Ground will be emotional, but also is excited at the prospect of selling out their new, larger venue, as Olympic Stadium has 20,000-plus more seats than the club’s current home.

Selling out the bigger house would deepen the club’s reserves and could serve as a springboard for more consistent challenges for European places.

From the BBC:

“Obviously, attendances have a lot to do with performances on the field, but taking all things into account we are optimistic of filling the stadium, 99% of the time,” said the 78-year-old, who owns the club with David Sullivan.

“Every time we get an update on ticket sales, they are the best we have experienced. All the targets we have set ourselves are being met.”

That includes their aim of a handsome kit to see off the Boleyn Ground as well. Dig ’em?

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PHOTOS: Stunning images of West Ham’s new home, London’s Olympic Stadium

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Earlier this week West Ham United gave an impressive update on the renovation work currently going as they build their new home in London’s East End.

The Hammers are taking over the stadium used to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and are transforming it into a 54,000 capacity soccer venue which will be ready for the 2016-17 season.

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If you go by the current sizes of Premier League stadia, that would give the Hammers the third largest stadium in the league behind only Manchester United and Arsenal. However, Liverpool plan to expand Anfield to just under 60,000 and Manchester City are expanding the Etihad to hold 55,000 by the start of the 2015-16 season. That said, the Hammers will have one of the five biggest stadiums in the PL which is a huge upgrade on the 35,000 capacity of their 110-year home at Upton Park, which many fans will be sad to leave.

Here are more details on the new stadium from the club website, after the launch for the venue took place this week as details on the impressive executive suites were released.

Take a look at the stunning images below as the Olympic Stadium is doused in the famous Claret and Blue. Sidenote: How many bubble machines will it take to fill this place up!?

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An aerial view of the 54,000 capacity venue.
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View from the new club lounge area.
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Inside the venue, bubbles and all.
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The view which will greet fans on matchday.

ProSoccerTalk’s MLS Player of the Week: Montréal Impact’s Patrice Bernier

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“New York has got to find a way to mark [him] out of the game,” Red Bulls’ color man Shep Messing said during Saturday’s game. You could imagine the TSN guys saying something similar the week before, just as commentators in Portland and Seattle must have marveled at the Montréal Impact captain.

Maybe Saturday’s wasn’t his best game of the season, but in a week that lacked a truly remarkable performance, a typical Patrice Bernier effort may have been the round’s best. A linchpin in defense and fulcrum in attack, Bernier led his team to their fourth straight win to open the season. Along the way, he created Marco Di Vaio’s goal.

Splitting New York’s defense in the first half, Bernier’s assist made it easy to marvel at the obvious while overlooking the subtleties. Not everybody would even be in the right place to collect that second ball, but he takes it with his first touch, electing to play a half-volley off the Stade Olympique turf. With the speed of the surface, the pass had to be perfectly weighted, and that’s after he recognizes the defense and the run. The ball slowed short of the area and stayed up for Di Vaio, allowing the Italian marksman to hit it with his first touch. Had any of those factors not been executed clincially, Montréal may not have scored.

Check it out:

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Of course, Bernier’s performance was more than one pass. The organizer of Montreal’s three-man midfield, Bernier helped the Impact keep their second clean sheet of the season. His 55 completed passes were 19 more than any of his teammates, numbers that testify to his importance in the team.

In a week with a number of good-not-great performances, you’ll see cases made for a other Player of the Week candidates. Juan Agudelo’s finish was as clinical as Bernier’s pass. Chris Wondolowski almost single-handedly lifted the ball-starved Quakes to victory. Jackson’s work made the difference for FC Dallas.

We like all of those picks, but in a week where you could pull a number of names out of the hat, we just like Bernier’s a little more.