Following the passing of former owner, Mohamed Al Fayed, Fulham marked their respects with players donning black armbands and a banner in tribute.
Al Fayed, passed away at the age of 94, and was the owner of Fulham for 16 years.
In a successful ownership spell, Al Fayed led the club up the ranks, including reaching the Premier League for the first time within four years of his leadership.
In a statement released by Fulham FC, his family said: ‘Mrs Mohamed Al Fayed, her children and grandchildren wish to confirm that her beloved husband, their father and their grandfather, Mohamed, has passed away peacefully of old age on Wednesday August 30, 2023.
‘He enjoyed a long and fulfilled retirement surrounded by his loved ones. The family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.
Fulham marked their respects with players donning black armbands and a banner in tribute
Mr Al Fayed after buying Fulham FC in 1997, where he led the team to their first Premier League
Fulham fans were staggered when Mr Al Fayed erected a statue to Michael Jackson outside Fulham FC’s ground, Craven Cottage, in 2011, after the singer attended a match in 1999
The touching tribute saw players don black armbands, while fans displayed a heartfelt banner in his memory.
Al Fayed’s legacy at the club, both on and off the pitch, was celebrated by the Fulham community.
He bought the club in 1997 and eventually sold the club to his successor Shahid Khan in 2013.
The Egyptian businessman owned Fulham FC for 16 years and was not just a figurehead, but a passionate supporter of the club and an integral part of its history.
His tenure saw Fulham rise through the ranks of English football, and the club achieved remarkable success during his ownership.
Mr Al Fayed bought Fulham FC in 1997, with his cash injection helping to send the club into the Premier League and European competitions in just a few years. He is pictured here in 2011
A heartfelt post on the club’s website included a statement from his successor, Shahid Khan: ‘His legacy will be remembered for our promotion to the Premier League, a Europa League Final, and moments of magic by players and teams alike.
‘I always enjoyed my time with Mr Al Fayed, who was wise, colourful and committed to Fulham, and I am forever grateful for his trust in me to succeed him as Chairman in 2013.
Fulham face Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday, where they paid their respects with black armbands and a banner in the away end.