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The west London club's new owner had the controversial statue, commissioned by ex-chairman Mohamed Al Fayed in 2009, taken away on Wednesday at the request of the club's supporters

Fulham have removed the statue of Michael Jackson that has stood outside Craven Cottage since April 2011.

Former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, a friend of the now-deceased pop icon who visited the stadium in 1999, had the statue installed over two years ago, though was met with stiff resistance from the club's supporters at the time.

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But the statue, which was commissioned after Jackson's death in 2009, was taken down on Wednesday and returned to the ex-chairman, who sold the London outfit to American businessman Shahid Khan in July.

Khan made the decision to dispose of the statue at the behest of supporters, saying he was acting in the best interests of the club.

"Our supporters' views on the statue have been made clear," he told reporters. "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."

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