A sad day in football….
The controversial statue of Michael Jackson has been removed from outside Fulham Football Club’s stadium after two-and-a-half years.
Stonemasons removed the 7ft 6in artwork from behind the Hammersmith Stand on Wednesday.
It was put up in April 2011 at the request of former owner and chairman Mohamed al Fayed, who was a close friend of the late King of Pop.
Many Fulham fans fiercely opposed the decision to put up the statue but Mr al Fayed told them to “go to hell”.
Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50, only visited the ground once – to watch a game against Wigan in 1999 as Mr al Fayed’s guest.
Fulham’s new chairman Shahid Khan said removing the statue was the “right thing” to do.
“I respect Mr al Fayed and know he had good intentions in paying an individual tribute. However, the removal of the statue is the right thing for Fulham Football Club.”