New Kick for Brit Soccer Fans: Jacko Statue

Fulham FC fans will be greeted by King of Pop at stadium
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
Michael Jackson Statue to Be Erected at London Soccer Stadium
Craven Cottage is home to Premier League club Fulham FC.   (Getty Images)

A statue of Michael Jackson has found an unlikely home outside a soccer stadium in London. Jackson's statute will greet fans arriving at Fulham's home ground Craven Cottage on the banks of the Thames after it is unveiled early next month, the Telegraph reports. Team owner Mohammed Al Fayed, who commissioned the statue of his old friend after the singer's death in 2009, had originally planned to erect it outside Harrods, but he sold the luxury department store last year.

"He was my friend, a man with whom I shared many happy memories and who died a tragic and untimely death," Fayed said. "I hope that many fans of his will visit the statue at the Cottage from far and wide, and that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world." Jackson visited the stadium in person in 1999, joining Fayed to watch Fulham defeat Wigan 2-0. (More London stories.)

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