Fulham chairman Mohammed Al Fayed says fans who do not agree with his recently-erected Michael Jackson statue can ‘go to hell’. The statue, showing Jackson in one of his signature poses, was unveiled today, before Fulham’s game against Blackpool. Al Fayed denies claims the statue is bizarre and hit out at fans who have spoken against the move.
“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. 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.”
Two quick thoughts:
- I do think it’s a little bizarre to have a statue of someone who has no real link to your club by your stadium – if he’d been a big Fulham fan i could understand it, but he went to one game against Wigan when they were in Division 2 many years ago. If Al Fayed still owned Harrods then the statue would be there but because he sold Harrods, Fulham fans have to put up with it.
- I don’t think any club owner has the right to call fans “stupid”, tell them to “go to hell” or that they should support one of your rivals – that just seems to have a lack of understanding and respect for your fans who spend a lot of time, finances and emotion supporting their club.