Bizarre to say the least.
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Fulham are to erect a commemorative statue of late American singer Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage at the behest of club chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.
Al Fayed was a close friend of Jackson – referred to as “The King of Pop” – who died in Los Angeles in June 2009.
The statue will be unveiled on Sunday, 3 April, before Fulham’s home Premier League game against Blackpool.
“I hope many fans of his will visit the statue from far and wide,” Al Fayed told Fulham’s official website.
“And I hope that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world amongst them, the finest fans in the world.”
The statue, depicting Jackson in one of his most iconic poses, will stand on the banks of the River Thames, adjacent to the stadium’s Riverside and Hammersmith stands.
Al Fayed had initially planned on placing the statue outside Harrods, but following his sale of the Knightsbridge landmark store in May last year, switched the site to Craven Cottage. (BBC Sport)
Whilst Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed may have been a friend of Michael Jackson, what does that have to do with the football club? If I were a Cottagers fan then I would be deeply embarrassed by this development and probably more than a little annoyed by the sheer self indulgence shown by the Harrods boss.
What do Fulham supporters feel about this planned unveiling?