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Beat It: Fulham's Jackson statue 'to be removed'

The Michael Jackson statue outside Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium is set to be removed and returned to former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, according to The Daily Mail.

The Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage is reportedly set to be removed. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Al Fayed told fans shortly after the monument was erected in 2011 that they could "go to hell" if they did not like it.

He also joked that Fulham's new owner Shahid Khan would be in "big trouble" if the sculpture was removed.

However, it now appears that Al Fayed will take the statue to another one of his properties.

A Fulham spokesperson told the newspaper: "The statue is not part of the Riverside development of the stadium and will be returned to the former chairman in due course."

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Jackson statue to remain at 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.

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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:

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."

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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