Losing a loved one can often lead to unexpected reactions. Some people choose to ignore the world, some choose to celebrate life, while others choose to erect statues of their dear friends like Fulham’s team chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.
Al Fayed was a close friend of Michael Jackson. They were so close that soon after Jackson’s death in 2009, Al Fayed commissioned the King of Pop’s statue. The Fulham chief originally planned to place the iconic statue in his Harrod store, but after selling the property, he found Craven Cottage to be a perfect fit. ”People will queue to come and visit it from all over Britain and it is something that I and everybody else should be proud of,” Al Fayed said.
After happily unveiling the statue, Al Fayed danced a bit with some children before attending Fulham’s home match against Blackpool.
Although the statue outside Craven Cottage was received with mixed emotions, Al Fayed had a passionate defense of his move to commemorate his friendship with Jackson. “Why is it bizarre? Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift…”. Lashing out at fans for disliking his friends commemorative statue? We can already see where this is going.
While many fans continued to whine and complain, Fulham went on to beat Blackpoo 3-0. Could the King of Pop be Craven Cottages’ new lucky charm?