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As a soccer owner, Shad Khan has a Michael Jackson controversy

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On his first official day as the owner of the English Premier League soccer club Fulham, Jaguars owner Shad Khan visited London prepared to talk about either of his teams, and how he believes he can advance the popularity of English soccer in the United States, and of American football in the United Kingdom. But Khan may have been taken aback by the big topic the British media wanted him to weigh in on: Michael Jackson.

Khan bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed, who erected a statue of the King of Pop outside the team’s Craven Cottage stadium. Many of the locals want to get rid of that statue, and Khan hesitated when asked whether he’ll keep the controversial likeness.

I’ve been an owner less than a day,” Khan said. “We have to preserve and respect history, but we have to move forward. I’ll reflect on it and listen to the fans, then decide.”

One problem: Al Fayed is deadly serious about the Jackson statue, and he insists that Khan can’t get rid of it. Al Fayed even turned to Khan and told him directly that he’d better not get rid of the statue if he knows what’s good for him.

“Michael Jackson will stay — it’s part of the deal,” Al Fayed said. “Are you listening to me about Michael Jackson? You promise now? Otherwise . . . I will take your moustache off.”

Let’s hope that’s not the case. Khan without his moustache would be like Michael Jackson without his glove.

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17 Responses to “As a soccer owner, Shad Khan has a Michael Jackson controversy”
  1. raiderssf says: Jul 13, 2013 8:08 PM

    Maybe Kahn can just hire someone just to make it go away. Just don’t have them bury the statue a mile away from your house.

  2. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 13, 2013 8:12 PM

    That was hilarious! All I need is to see the other guy’s face and I’m set !

  3. xsherr says: Jul 13, 2013 8:24 PM

    I’d want a statue of a child molester taken down also.

  4. chicagobtech says: Jul 13, 2013 8:34 PM

    Is there a contract that says the statue has to remain on display? If not, sorry al Fayed. It can come down. If you’re lucks Khan will send it back to you at no charge.

  5. florioleadswitnesses says: Jul 13, 2013 8:51 PM

    An odd story to say the least.

  6. jagsandliquor says: Jul 13, 2013 8:54 PM

    “This is my team now. How dare you threaten the stache” would be my response

  7. titansbro says: Jul 13, 2013 8:55 PM

    If it isn’t in the terms of the deal then it needs to go.

  8. hurrayforyogapants says: Jul 13, 2013 8:56 PM

    Soccer is dumb.

  9. shadowcell says: Jul 13, 2013 9:18 PM

    “Michael Jackson will stay — it’s part of the deal,” Al Fayed said. “Are you listening to me about Michael Jackson? You promise now? Otherwise . . . I will take your moustache off.”

    that escalated quickly.

  10. kd75 says: Jul 13, 2013 9:20 PM

    Michael Jackson is more offensive than “Washington Redskins”

    Shave the mustache Shad. It will grow back.

  11. hoochbcs says: Jul 13, 2013 9:21 PM

    they should move it to State College, PA

  12. gbearc says: Jul 13, 2013 9:26 PM

    What is wrong with Europeans? Long before we knew Jackson was a pedophile, Americans had grown tired with Jackson’s absurd egomania. Remember when he floated a huge statue of himself down a river? There’s a reason he did that in Europe and not the US. Nobody would have shown up to see it in the US, except to ridicule it. So, how in the world could this town erect a statue to a man they know(if they have a brain)is a pedophile? It’s a hideous statue to boot.

  13. jagwires says: Jul 13, 2013 9:37 PM

    Shahid Khan: “I have at least 2 and a half billion reasons why you will do no such thing to my stache”

    Money is power. Khan has alot more of it than Boobla Boobla ever could dream of. If the stache wants it taken away, you bet your rear end it’s going to go away.

  14. ravensbob says: Jul 13, 2013 9:43 PM

    It will be replaced with a Jaguar statue soon.

  15. nonjaghater says: Jul 13, 2013 10:23 PM

    Must have been playful billionaire banter

  16. anarchopurplism says: Jul 14, 2013 12:51 AM

    If you buy my house, the creepy garden gnome stays!

  17. steelerben says: Jul 15, 2013 9:54 AM

    Take the mustache off how? Shave it off? Wax it off? Tear it off and mount it over your fireplace?

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