Fulham chairman Mohammed Al Fayed has told fans they can “go to hell” if they do not appreciate a new Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage stadium. He'll probably have to say the same to art critics too, for the statue is truly awful. Al Fayed unveiled the tribute to his friend today prior to the west London Premier League team's match against Blackpool.
The statue was commissioned following Jackson's death in June 2009 and was due to be erected at Harrods before Mr Al Fayed sold the Knightsbridge store. Instead the Fulham fans have got to put up with the thing. The BBC quoted Al Fayed as saying,
Why is it bizarre? 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.”
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