Mohammed Al Fayed has this week claimed that the removal of the Michael Jackson statue from Craven Cottage by successor Shahid Khan has resulted in Fulham's relegation.
The statue became a feature of Craven Cottage back in 2011, when it was commissioned by Al Fayed to be erected behind the Hammersmith Stand. It was a reason for many clubs to mock the London side, as the statue surrounded controversy with its inappropriate nature.
With the introduction of Khan to Fulham Football Club, the statue was promptly removed in September this season. It would be safe to say that many Fulham fans resented the abomination of their ground however, Al Fayed had a different view on the Michael Jackson tribute.
In an interview, Al Fayed states: "This statue was a charm and we removed the luck from the club and now we have to pay the price. When [Khan] asked me to move it I said: 'You must be crazy.' This is such a fantastic statue which the fans are crying out for. But now he has paid the price because the club has been relegated."
Fayed's comments came the same day a letter was issued to fans to apologise for their poor season and ultimately, relegation from the Premier League. The club has been a permanent fixture in top flight football since 2001 and, although they've had their ups and downs, they will be sorely missed from the league.
They may not be seen as a big club but, some would argue that they do not get the credit that they deserve. They currently are unbeaten in home European cup games, winning seventeen and drawing only six. They also, were runners up in Europe in 2010 - not a long time ago all things considered.
So this year, sadly we say goodbye to Fulham football club from the Premier League. They have not only represented themselves well but have also represented English football in Europe to a high standard.
Craven Cottage is a great stadium, steeped in history and passion. For any English football fan it is a great spectacle of a ground and many who travel in the Premier League, will be sad to cross it off their list for next season.
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