Pop icon Michael Jackson' visit to the Fulham dressing room back in 1999 almost turned into chaos, it has been revealed.
One former Fulham star, who played against Wigan that day, claimed Jackson's appearance in the home dressing room stopped just short of turning into a major embarrassment.
He told the Sunday Mirror: "When they said Jackson was at the ground most of the players fell about laughing. We thought it was a complete wind-up. We half expected someone to turn up wearing a Jacko mask and silver glove. But when we were told the chairman was bringing him down to meet us the whole thing descended into farce.
"One player claimed it was a stupid joke and threatened to pull the mask off the imposter's face when he appeared. I'm not sure whether he lost his bottle or became sceptical once the dressing room door opened and Jackson was confronted by another player doing a moonwalk impression. Half the players didn't even know where to look let alone what to say to him. We did wonder whether it was one of those lookalikes who makes a living out of impersonating stars.
"His face looked real enough and he did sound a bit like Jackson. It's not an experience you tend to forget in a hurry that's for sure."