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Fulham's off the wall tribute to Jacko

Fulham are to unveil a statue to the late Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage due to the legendary singer's friendship with chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.

Jackson, who died in June 2009, visited Craven Cottage in 1999 as a guest of Al Fayed and watched Fulham beat Wigan 2-0. The game was hardly a thriller but Jackson later said he "loved it".

Al Fayed commissioned the statue shortly after Jackson's death and had planned to place it outside Harrods in London, but the Fulham chairman subsequently sold the landmark department store and was forced to change his plans.

Now the Jackson monument, depicting the singer in one of his iconic poses, will be unveiled outside Craven Cottage at noon on April 3.

Al Fayed told Fulham's official website: "Michael Jackson was truly a legend, a term used too often in this modern world saturated in the hyperbole surrounding celebrity.

"He was my friend, a man with whom I shared many happy memories and who died a tragic and untimely death. He left behind a legacy of music so vast it takes one's breath away; from a precocious talent to an ingenuity and ground breaking modernity that shall never be repeated.

"It shall often be imitated, but it will never be replicated, Michael Jackson was, and shall always remain, one of a kind.

"I hope that many fans of his will visit the statue at the Cottage from far and wide, and that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world, in and amongst them, the finest fans in the world."

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