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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fulham unveils Jackson statue

LONDON (AP) A statue of Michael Jackson was unveiled outside the stadium of Premier League side Fulham on Sunday, with chairman Mohamed Al Fayed telling fans to go and support another club if they don't like the idea.

Al Fayed, who was close friends with Jackson, danced with children after unveiling the statue of the "King of Pop," prior to Fulham's home match with Blackpool at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The decision to erect the statue outside Craven Cottage has divided opinion but Al Fayed launched a passionate defense of his move to commemorate his friendship with Jackson, who died in 2009.

"Why is it bizarre?" he said. "Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don't understand and appreciate such a gift, they can go to hell."

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