Pop Star's Statue Leaves English Soccer Fans Confused and Angry

The unveiling of a statue of musician Michael Jackson outside a soccer stadium in England has confused and angered some fans.
April 7, 2011, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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They don't see the connection between the deceased musician and the stadium, home to London's Fulham club.

"When journalists suggested that some fan groups do not regard Jackson as an appropriate fixture outside the stadium that to some is a second home, Fayed retorted: 'If some stupid fans don't understand or appreciate such a gift, they can go to hell. I don't want them to be fans. If they don't believe in things I believe in, they can go to Chelsea, go anywhere else.' There lies the crux of this whole ownership thing.

Does Fayed have any more right to do what he believes in than the supporters? Many were there before him, and will be there after he is gone.

Soccer in England is family, and countless Fulham folk are fans of the club because their fathers, and their fathers' fathers, belonged."

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Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in The New York Times
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