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Mohammed Al Fayed tells Fulham fans to “go to hell” over ridiculous statue!

Today’s match at Craven Cottage between Fulham and Blackpool was an entertaining prospect for many football fans; and so it turned out to be. Fulham comfortably winning the contest with a 3-0 victory thanks to a double from Bobby Zamora and a second half Dickson Etuhu effort. After the match however, we are not left admiring Zamora’s excellent performance, or criticising Blackpool’s poor run of form, oh no! We are discussing the fact that a statue of the late Michael Jackson was unveiled outside Fulham’s stadium before the match.

The Michael Jackson statue looks more like a dodgy exhibit from Madame Tussuads. Photo: Metro.

Firstly, I must say the entire notion of the statue is an utter joke. Fulham owner Mohammed al Fayed was a close friend of Jackson’s, so much so that he has decided to go against many fans wishes and stick a hideous statue outside of Fulham’s famous old ground. Michael Jackson did attend a Fulham game when he was very young…and that’s it! What is even more shocking however, is the way in which al Fayed has responded to Fulham fans’ criticism of the statue.

In an interview this afternoon, al Fayed said “If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift this guy gave to the world they can go to hell. I don’t want them to be fans.” A little bit harsh? I think so! Telling anybody to go to hell is one thing. Telling the people who pay you millions of pounds a year to go to hell is quite another.

Some Fulham fans believe the statue has made them a laughing stock in the Premier League and I don’t think they will be far wrong. Al Fayed suggests that it will attract tourists from around the world…so what! I completely agree with statues of famous past players or managers. For example, the statue of Bobby Robson at Ipswich is one that has real meaning and relevance, paying homage to a famous name in the Club’s history. Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage however is utterly atrocious!

Are you a Fulham fan? Do you have a view? If interviews from fans in the media are anything to go by you are likely to be as shocked as I am (and i’m a Villa fan!). Are we likely to see some sort of protest regarding the statue. If/when al Fayed sells Fulham, I would imagine the statue would be removed. We can only hope so anyway! Leave your thoughts…CHAMONE!


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  1. Andrew Sansom

    4 April, 2011 at 03:16

    This is of course, bizarre. To be kind you could call it quirky. But Fulham fans have lived with Mohammed Al Fayed’s sometimes eccentric behaviour for a long time and we are prepared to forgive him almost anything in recognition for what he had done for the club. He took over at Fulham when we were in the bottom tier and was responsible for bringing us to where we are today, an established mid-table Premiership side.

    He has been a loyal, often kind-hearted and always supportive Chairman, which is more than you can say for many Premiership club owners these days. His positive contributions, not least of which was bowing to supporter wishes and allowing us to stay at Craven Cottage, when it would have made more business sense to move out, far outweigh any mildly idiosyncratic behaviour. I can’t speak for Fulham fans generally but I’d imagine that the majority would, like me, just shrug their shoulders, give a wry (slightly embarrassed smile) and say “It’s the Chairman’s club and if he wants to stick Jackson’s statue in the ground then it’s up to him.”

    I doubt if many Fulham fans are overly thrilled by the gesture, but to be a Fulham fan you learn early on to take things as they come and not get too excited by events on and off the pitch.

  2. Ash

    4 April, 2011 at 10:31

    He has done the right thing, Well Done, Michael Jackson was a prophet, a messenger the one and only. If any person in this world disagrees with this then they are basically saying God’s prophets are nothing as well Michael had all the attributes of a prophet or messenger of God, He was mighty talented.

    Fulham supporters should be proud to have someone like that outside there stadium I’m jealous its not outsides the emirates stadium.

    Why are these people so English…. Just shutup and get on with it always negative… always deciding lets look at the glass half empty…

    The most stupidest mind will say that it does not look like him, ofcourse its a statue they can only make it look like him a certain amount. Its near enough.

    Well Done Al Fayed… This guy has a heart of gold.

  3. dannyholliday

    4 April, 2011 at 18:28

    Ash, that is a complete load of rubbish!! Can we please stop going on about ‘prophets’ and messengers from god!!

    fact is an american pop star who went to Fulham on one occasion has a statue outside the ground. I have been to watch Villa 100 times, so i’m expecting a gold statue in the middle of the pitch!

    Utter Crao!

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