NFL owner buys Fulham FC

Premier League side Fulham confirms that Mohamed Al Fayed has sold the club to the owner of the NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars, Shad Khan.

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Jackson statue to remain at Craven Cottage

The statue paying tribute to Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage
The statue paying tribute to Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage Credit: PA

The Michael Jackson tribute statue will stay outside Fulham's ground, Craven Cottage, despite the club having a new owner.

Shahid Khan, who also runs an American Football team, is the new owner of the West London club - and promised to keep it.

Previous owner, Mohamed Al-Fayed, jokingly told ITV London, that if Khan takes it away he'll be very angry and be forced to rip off Khan's moustache.

Khan: 'Priority is to ensure Fulham has a viable future'

The Associated Press reporter Rob Harris has a statement from Fulham's new owner, NFL Jackson Jaguars owner Shad Kahn, after he bought the club from Mohamed al Fayed:

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Fulham owner Khan in statement to AP: "My priority is to ensure the club & Craven Cottage each have a viable and sustainable PL future"

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Al Fayed: "By his hard work, vision and determination, Shahid Khan has become a living embodiment of the American success story"

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New Fulham owner Shad Khan in statement to @ap: "We will manage the club's financial and operational affairs with prudence and care"

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Fulham confirm they have been bought by Shahid Khan

Fulham confirm Shahid Khan has bought the club from Mohamed Al Fayed Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Fulham Football Club has confirmed that Mohamed Al Fayed has sold the side to Shahid Khan, the owner of NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars.

It says a formal announcement is scheduled at Craven Cottage tomorrow at 1pm.

Mr Khan said: “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me. I want to be clear, I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans."

You can read what else Mr Khan said on Fulham's website.

Ex-Fulham owner Al Fayed: 'Right time for me to retire'

The Associated Press reporter Rob Harris has a statement from Mohamed Al Fayed on why he has sold the club to NFL Jackson Jaguars owner Shad Kahn:

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Al Fayed: " I have found a very good man in Shahid Khan to accept the responsibility & privilege that I have enjoyed at Fulham since 1997"

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Al Fayed: "The right time for me to retire and spend time playing football with my grandchildren. I am sad but proud of our achievements"