Fulham to remove Michael Jackson statue

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Mohamed Al Fayed is set to remove the statue of Michael Jackson from Craven Cottage and install it to one of his other properties.

The statue has divided opinion since its installation in 2011, with many fans seeing the statue as a garish eyesore. Other fans think the statue is a good bit of fun, and a fitting tribute to one of pop music's all-time greats.

Former Fulham and Harrod's owner Mohamed Al Fayed was a good friend of Jackson's before his death in 2009, and told fans they could 'go to hell' if they didn't appreciate his tribute. Jackson had visited Craven Cottage once in 1999 but claimed to support Exeter City. He was made a director at the south west England club in 2002.

Fulham's new owner Shahid Khan has made it clear that the statue is not part of the club's stadium redevelopment plans, despite the threat that Al Fayed would 'chop off his moustache' if it was removed.

A spokesperson told the Independent: "The statue is not part of the Riverside development of the stadium and will be returned to the former chairman in due course."

Fulham take on Chelsea this weekend in a West London derby, with many fans hoping to get a last look at the colourful statue before its removal.

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