Monday, April 4, 2011

Michael Jackson Statute Erected at Soccer Stadium

A controversial statue of Michael Jackson was unveiled by Mohamed Al Fayed at Fulham's Craven Cottage soccer stadium in London on Sunday. Most of the club's fans -- except Mohamed, who was a close friend of Michael and owns the stadium -- like or want the statue at the stadium.
The statue was commissioned following Jackson's death in June 2009 and was due to be erected at Harrods before Al Fayed sold the Knightsbridge store. The decision to relocate it to Craven Cottage is likely to divide opinion, with statues at football grounds generally reserved for club legends. Jackson's links to Fulham are tenuous to say the least - he watched a game there as a guest of Al Fayed in 1999 - while the singer was also dogged by controversy during his lifetime. Despite this, Al Fayed has refuted claims that the memorial is bizarre and lashed out at fans that have spoken against it. "Why is it bizarre?," he said after the unveiling. "Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don't understand and appreciate such a gift they can go to hell. I don't want them to be fans. If they don't understand and don't believe in things I believe in they can go to Chelsea, they can go to anywhere else." He added: "People will queue to come and visit it from all over the UK and it is something that I and everybody else should be proud of."
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