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Jackson Statue Erected Outside Soccer Stadium

4/3/2011 1:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

English Premier League soccer and Michael Jackson are synonymous with each other (just go with it) so it should come as no surprise that a statute in his honor was unveiled outside a stadium in London today. 

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Turns out the owner of the Fulham FC, Mohamed Al Fayed, was close friends with Jackson. He had originally planned to put the statue outside of Harrods in London, but he sold the store last year.

So now it is displayed outside of a soccer stadium in London. Perfect match.

 

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Big Daddy    

Nice of them to put up a statue, but they didn't quite capture the mans face. I recognized it mostly by clothing, and hair style, before reading anything.

1266 days ago
17.

Superman    

"Perfect match"? Are they pedophiles, also?

1266 days ago
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mj is the sexiest man ever    

That doesn't look like him but It's great to do something like that for michael,
MJ is gorgeous ,doesn't look like that at all though.

1266 days ago
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Kcharmer    

I think it's great! It's a shame though he was SO misunderstood and people are so naive to believe everything the media said about him. A real shame! He was a wonderful person who tried SO hard to save this Earth from going into ruins. Nobody gives a damn about any of that, or all the charities he donated to, more than anybody. NOBODY notices any of THAT!

1266 days ago
20.

Andyace    

is he still dead?

1266 days ago
21.

yerco    

MICHAEL JACKSON
KING OF POP
&
KING OF MUSIC

FOREVER!!!!!

1266 days ago
22.

Chuckydee    

Statue is to dark!!! Michael was white!!

1266 days ago
23.

Chic    

The King Of Music Michael Jackson Statue has been erected. Now
The Monument.

Love You Forever MJ
RIP MJ

1266 days ago
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deirdrelawlor    

ilove itmichael word be pround

1266 days ago
25.

Eric    

THE KING LIVES! HATERS KILL YOURSELF!

1266 days ago
26.

anon    

first

1266 days ago
27.

More Cowbell    

Wasn't it Al Fayed's son that died in the car crash with Diana? Talk about 6 degrees of separation.

1266 days ago
28.

cory    

Omer Michael Bhatti 'O-Bee' Interview. Speculation and rumors... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9axpx5fKCA&feature=related

1266 days ago
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moni    

It's very nice from Mohammed al Fayed to honor Michael with a statue. However, placing it in front of a soccer stadium might not have been the best idea. I wish he had found another place.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/apr/01/fulham-mic...

"Why? Why us? Fulham football fans do not want a statue of Michael Jackson," said Fulham supporter Lee Robinson. "It's completely mad. He's got nothing to do with us. To be honest, he's the last person you'd want there."

From the outside there is little to connect the two. On one hand, the most commercially prolific recording artist of the modern era, a man who almost single-handedly popularised the moonwalk. On the other, London's sleepiest Premier League football club, whose starriest encounters have tended to be the odd appearance in the stands by Hugh Grant. Indeed, this is something of a marriage of convenience: Fayed originally planned to erect the statue outside Harrods, which he sold to the Qatari royal family for £1.5bn shortly after commissioning it.

"The whole thing is bizarre," said David Lloyd, editor of the club fanzine, There's Only One F in Fulham. "If I was asked: did I want it? I would say no. But we've got a chairman who has done so much for us if he wants a Michael Jackson statue, so be it. What we don't want is the ridicule that will come with it."
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With the unveiling imminent, even Jackson's famously devout fans seem disquieted. "I think what Mr Al Fayed wants to do is a great thing and really nice," said Matt Blank, spokesman for Michael Jackson World Network, an online fan group. "It's lovely for Michael Jackson fans over the world to have a statue in such a public place. But I understand the anger of the football fans too. I think there are lots of locations in London that would be more fitting to the legacy Michael left behind."

A group identifying itself as The United Michael Jackson Fans of the World has posted a counter-petition calling for the statue's relocation, noting "as has been clearly demonstrated by the awful comments on the club's website, FFC is no place for Michael to reside and certainly no safe place for MJ fans to visit him".

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j    

bobo frog ...lol classic

1266 days ago
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