One of London’s more eccentric statues is to be removed. The life-size likeness of Michael Jackson has stood outside Fulham FC’s ground, Craven Cottage, since 2011, but will now be returned to former Chairman Mohmed Al Fayed.
At the time of its unveiling, Al Fayed commented: “If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift they can go to hell.” He neglected to pass judgment on intelligent fans who didn’t appreciate it.
Al Fayed sold Fulham to American billionaire Shahid Khan in July, leaving the statue’s fate unclear. Now, in a late transfer, the club has decided that Jackson should be uprooted to make way for ground redevelopment.
What next for the divisive statue? Could the Fourth Plinth beckon? Ebay? Or perhaps a spot in the London Dungeon, to recreate the Thriller video? Suggestions please…