Al Fayed tells Fulham fans to beat it
“Why is it bizarre?,” Al Fayed said after the unveiling. “Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift they can go to hell.”
He went on: “I don’t want them to be fans. If they don’t understand and don’t believe in things I believe in they can go to Chelsea, they can go to anywhere else. People will queue to come and visit it from all over the UK and it is something that I and everybody else should be proud of.”
Despite being told to “go to hell” (or Chelsea, which is basically the same thing for Cottagers fans), Fulham supporters greeted Al Fayed’s statement with a mild manner. While it was difficult to find a Fulham fan in support of the statue, the general feeling was that as bizarre as it is, Al Fayed has earned the right to do as he wants. Pumping around £200m into a football club has to have its rewards.
In fact, the unveiling provided a great source of humour throughout the match. Regular ‘yee-hees’ were heard throughout the game, a Jackson impersonator made an appearance and a bizarrely well rehearsed chorus of ‘Can You Feel It’ from some sections of the Hammersmith End added the gloss to a fine win over Blackpool.
How Manchester United fans would react if Malcolm Glazer told them to “go to hell”, or the change in mood at Liverpool if John W Henry labelled fans “stupid” would, I expect, be very different. But that’s the difference. As Al Fayed himself once sang in a song recorded with Keith Allen: “We are not Real Madrid, We are not Barcelona, We are Fulham,” and at Fulham it never gets too serious.Tagged in: Al Fayed, blackpool, football, Fulham, michael jackson
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