A shock for Volz

Last Updated: 29/12/12 1:38pm

Moritz Volz told Soccer AM about a bizarre encounter with Fulham's eccentric owner Mohammed Al Fayed.

"I was shopping at Harrods with my wife and he came into the room and I was introduced to him. He said: 'Oh... are you a Fulham fan?'"

Moritz Volz

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The German defender played for the Coattgers between 2004 and 2009, but despite making more than 100 appearances for the club he wasn't always recognised by the man who paid his wages.

Volz told Max and Helen that he was once introduced to the chairman at Harrods - the high-end department store Al Fayed used to own - and was mistaken for a Fulham supporter.

But he said the multi-millionaire was always supportive of the players when he recognised them!

Volz told Soccer AM: "He popped up every once in a while with his helicopter and we thought he might give us a ticking off, but he was full of encouragement for us.

"Funnily enough, one time I was shopping at Harrods with my wife and he came into the room and I was introduced to him.

"He said: 'Oh... are you a Fulham fan?' He knew us very well!

"It was quite embarrassing for the person that introduced us, who said 'he played well on Saturday didn't he?'

"He then realised that I was a player and offered me some pills that he made out were Viagra. As a treat he used to dish out these little pills! They were Tic Tacs really, but he pretended they were Viagra.

"He obviously thought I needed them!"

Volz is now playing for 1860 Munich in his native Germany and says one of the main differences between English and German football is the nature of the supporters.

He says German fans are more inventive in defending their rights and highlighted a recent protest as an example of their collective spirit.

He said: "Supporters there are crazy. They're so organised. It's the biggest group of politicians; they're demonstrating against something every week.

"There was some debate and on December 12 there was a decision to be announced about increased security at football grounds. They're always firing these firecrackers and the authorities don't like it.

"So they had this thing on December 12 and the fans decided, to demonstrate against this ruling, to be quiet for the first 12 minutes and 12 seconds of every game.

"It was like in the youth team days when we were just playing out on a field. It was totally silent.

"I don't know what would have happened if we'd scored... we never score that early!"