ENGLISH Premier League club Fulham confirmed Wednesday that it plans to build a commemorative statue of the late Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage at the behest of chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.
Al Fayed, who was a close friend of Jackson, commissioned a statue in memory of the pop icon following his death in 2009.
The Fulham chief originally planned to erect it outside his Harrods store in downtown London, but following the sale of the landmark store, he decided it should be situated at Craven Cottage.
The statue, depicting Jackson in one of his most iconic poses, will stand on the banks of the River Thames, adjacent to the stadium's Riverside and Hammersmith stands.
The statue will be unveiled on Sunday April 3 before the Cottagers' home game against Blackpool.
Jackson visited Craven Cottage as a guest of Al Fayed, who told his club's official website: "Michael Jackson was truly a legend, a term used too often in this modern world saturated in the hyperbole surrounding celebrity.
"He was my friend, a man with whom I shared many happy memories and who died a tragic and untimely death. He left behind a legacy of music so vast it takes one's breath away; from a precocious talent to an ingenuity and groundbreaking modernity that shall never be repeated."