Fulham Defend Michael Jackson Statue Decision
Fulham FC's chairman has said removing the controversial Michael Jackson statue from outside the club's ground is the "right thing" to do.
The statue was commissioned by former owner Mohamed al Fayed following the singer's death in June 2009.
He famously once told fans to "go to hell" if they did not appreciate the distinctive tribute.
The two men are said to have been close friends, with the legendary singer once attending a match at the stadium.
But current chairman Shahid Khan said supporters had made their views clear on the statue.
"Craven Cottage means the world to generations of Fulham supporters, and I have heard from many of them over the past two months," he said in a statement on the club's website.
"Our supporters' views on the statue have been made clear.
"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."
Fans have complained the statue - erected in April 2011 - has nothing to do with football and makes the Craven Cottage side look ridiculous.
The other statue outside the ground is of Johnny Haynes, who played more than 650 times for the club over 18 seasons.
Mr Khan is pressing ahead with the removal despite Mr al Fayed's warning that he would be "in big trouble" if the statue was ever taken down.
When he sold the club to Mr Khan in July he joked he would shave off the new owner's moustache if the tribute was ever removed.
The artwork will now be given back to Mr al Fayed as the club continues with its redevelopment of the Riverside Stand.