Sunday 19 November 2017

Fulham chairman's statue of Jackson a little off the wall

A STATUE of the king of pop Michael Jackson is to be installed at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground.

The club's chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed commissioned the memorial after Jackson's death in June 2009 and it was supposed to be erected at Harrods. But with the Knightsbridge store sold, the Egyptian businessman now plans to unveil it before Fulham's game against Blackpool on April 3.

"I hope Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world among them, the finest fans in the world," Al Fayed said.

Jackson was a friend of and has some tenuous links with the club -- he attended a game at Craven Cottage with Fayed in 1999 -- but the presence of the sculpture of the controversial singer is sure to upset some fans, if not manager Mark Hughes.

"In fairness to the chairman, he's fully supported this club for a long time now, put in something like £200m," he said. "And if he wants to make that gesture to somebody who he knew personally then who am I to pass comment on it?"

There will be plenty of others who will.

Irish Independent

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