Fulham FC will return ridiculed Michael Jackson statue to Mohamed Al Fayed

The Harrods boss presented the statue to the football club in 2011 but it will not be a part of the redesign of the team's grounds

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Fulham Football Club is set to return a statue of Michael Jackson to its donor Mohamed Al Fayed.

The club's Craven Cottage grounds are set to undergo development, and the statue given to the club by its former chairman will not be a part of the redesign. A statement from the club - via Gigwise - reads: "The statue is not part of the Riverside development of the stadium and will be returned to the former chairman in due course."

When the statue was unveiled, Harrods boss and friend of Jackson Al Fayed said fans of the football club could "go to hell" if they didn't appreciate it. Fans criticised the decision to erect a statue of Jackson, claiming it would make the club a laughing stock. "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", Al Fayed told BBC News. Jackson visited Craven Cottage in 1999 to see Fulham overcome Wigan Athletic 2-0.

Just after the unveiling, Beady Eye's Liam Gallagher said the statue was "ridiculous". "It's a bit silly isn't it?" he commented. "It could be worse, it could be Justin Bieber - but then it wouldn't be that high would it?" the former Oasis man commented.

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