The company behind the bid to host the first super-casino at the Millennium Dome has issued an apology to religious leaders after it submitted an unauthorised document to the Government claiming to summarise their views.
Anschutz Entertainment Group said in a leaked email it apologised "unreservedly" to the Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy, a multi-faith group, for failing to clear a document with them later posted on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website.
The Rev Malcolm Torry, co-ordinator of the chaplaincy, in a leaked email, complained the paper appeared to have come from him.
He said the document had a "positive" tone towards the casino plan when in fact the chaplaincy trustees has issued a largely negative paper about the idea.
The views of the group, which represents faiths fundamentally opposed to gambling, such as Muslims, had been "imperfectly" represented by AEG, Mr Torry insisted later, rather than misrepresented.
He said their main complaint was trustees were not consulted before its release.
But he said he believed the decision not to consult was an "oversight" and he had accepted the apology.
The chaplaincy was set up to cater for the needs of construction workers on the peninsula site and an expected influx of 20,000 people once it has been developed for housing and business.
Mr Torry said: "Muslims are fundamentally opposed to gambling, and the sacred texts of Sikhs, Hindus and Baha'is are similarly negative. Christians and Jews have a variety of views - you find some Christians fundamentally opposed and others are not.
"We had written a paper last year to explain the view of the different faiths and it came out as pretty negative, of course because the majority of faiths are."
The row comes as AEG prepares for a public hearing into its application today, the first in a series of public hearings, called Examinations-in-Public, into the shortlisted venues for the super-casino.