Before his club’s 3-0 victory over Blackpool on Sunday, Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed unveiled a statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage stadium in London. A strange combination, indeed — a tribute to the late pop star and a Premier League soccer team. (We know American midfielder Clint Dempsey has got some moves, but can he moon-walk?)
Al Fayed and Jackson were friends and Jackson attended a match in 1999. But was Jackson really a soccer fan? An Al Fayed spokesman told the Wall Street Journal: “When Michael Jackson was a small boy growing up in Gary, Ind., he would spend a lot of time looking out the window at boys playing [soccer] and wishing he could go out and join them, but his father did not allow it. Michael always felt there was something lacking in his life because of it.”
Nonsense, countered a spokesman for a Jackson fan club. “Football? No,” he told the Journal.
Meantime, Al Fayed offered a charming response to Fulham supporters critical of the statue.
“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.”