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I’M sure, like myself, you are delighted at the news Fulham will be unveiling a statue of Michael Jackson, Blackpool’s former skipper, ahead of the Premier League game between the two clubs on Sunday, April 3.

What a tribute to the man who came through the ranks at Crewe and led Bury and Preston to the play-offs before skippering Blackpool to League One promotion glory.

I jest of course. It’s a statue of the other Michael Jackson, the late and – depending on your viewpoint – great pop star.

Fulham’s chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was a friend of Jackson’s, who died last year, and believes the statue will be visited by people worldwide.

“I hope Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world among them, the finest fans in the world,” said Al Fayed, in a speech Barack Obama would have been proud of.

“Jackson; a precocious talent to an ingenuity and ground-breaking modernity that shall never be repeated.”

Initial reaction from Fulham fans, however, is somewhat lacking in enthusiasm.

On a petition on the club’s website calling for the project to be abandoned, one supporter wrote: “It is cheap tat. No consultation, no clue, and complete contempt about this club’s fine history.”

The unveiling should certainly be something to look forward to.