Fulham Football Club’s 4-1 loss to Stoke City last Saturday meant their 13 year run of making the Premier League had come to an end. The club’s former owner, Mohamed Al Fayed, believes there’s major reason for the team’s sudden change of fortunes – the ghost of Michael Jackson.
Yup, according to the Guardian, Al Fayed, who owned the team for 16 years before selling to Shahid Khan last summer, said the latter’s removal of a 7’6 tall statue of The King of Pop took away the team’s luck.
“The statue was a charm and [they] removed the luck from the club and now we have to pay the price,” Al Fayed said. “Now he has paid the price because the club has been relegated.”
Al Fayed, who was a friend of the late singer, commissioned the statue and installed it outside Hammersmith Stand in 2011. The new owner took it down last September.
For those unfamiliar with European soccer (ahem, football) rules, the Premier League kicks out its three worst teams at the end of the season, giving the spots to Championship League teams. Fulham has been demoted and will spend next season in the soccer equivalent of the NBA’s D-League.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if the NBA did this? Lets get rid of the Sixers and the Bucks and give those spots to UConn and the D-League champs. I'd watch it.