The previous Fulham owner, Mohamed Al Fayed, was a big fan of Michael Jackson and a friend of him. When the “King of Pop” died in 2009, Al Fayed commissioned the statue to be be built and displayed outside the stadium. Not to commemorate a performance there, just because.
When Al Fayed sold the team to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan he said that the statue was to stay.
“Michael Jackson will stay — it’s part of the deal,” Al Fayed said, before adding with Khan in ear-shot: “Are you listening to me about Michael Jackson? You promise now? Otherwise … I will take your moustache off.”
Well Fulham has decided to remove the statue after consulting with fans.
From the Fulham website:
A message from Chairman Shahid Khan:
“Craven Cottage means the world to generations of Fulham supporters, and I have heard from many of them over the past two months. Our supporters’ views on the statue have been made clear. I respect Mr Al Fayed and know he had good intentions in paying an individual tribute. However, the removal of the statue is the right thing for Fulham Football Club.”
If you have no idea what we’re talking about, let me show you the Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage: