Mohamed Al Fayed gave a slightly bizarre interview today in which he claimed, among other things, that Fulham was relegated because owner Shahid Khan removed the infamous Michael Jackson statue from Craven Cottage. Al Fayed, who commissioned the statue in 2011, sold Fulham to Kahn last summer.
“The new owner will regret it because I warned him,” Al Fayed said. “I said, ‘You will pay with blood for that,’ because it was something loved by the people. He’s been relegated and if he wakes up he’ll ask for Michael Jackson again, and I’ll say ‘No way.'”
I once posed for a photograph in front of the MJ statue, so I am definitely qualified to judge the validity of Al Fayed’s theory. And I think he might be onto something.