Time to say bye-bye, at last.
It’s not that Fulham fans hate Michael Jackson or dislike his music in anyway, but their former chairman’s decision go erect a statue of the late pop icon didn’t exactly enamour the core base supporters. So it has come as good news – for many – that new owner Shahid Khan has decided to remove it.
Kahn, too was happy to be rid of the statue. He said: “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. (Metro)
The Pakistani-born American businessman bought the club before the season began, promising a steady improvement to fans of the club. He replaced the eccentric Mohammed Al Fayed who, aside from deciding on a MJ statue, said he would turn Fulham into the Manchester United of London.
The fans’ opinions on the statue were mixed to say the least. What Al Fayed failed to understand is that his own supporters were getting mocked by fellow, travelling football fans, and that didn’t sit nicely with them. By ridding the club of the statue, Kahn has displayed footballing intent rather than an aesthetic one.
The club are currently enduring a lull in form, but their win against the now-beaten Everton last night in the Capital One Cup will only add to the moral boost gained by the loss of the statue. Al Fayed will be handed possession of the technicolor monstrosity, but no one knows where he’ll put it yet.
Mohammed al Fayed enveils the controversial statue