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Leicester players pay respects in Bangkok at Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha funeral

07 November, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Rachael Silva
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The helicopter came down shortly after taking off from Leicester's pitch on October 27, claiming the lives of the club's owner and four others.

On Saturday the team played at Cardiff City, their first match since his death, with players from both teams coming together to pay their respects before the game.

"It's a very hard time for his family and I'm here to show support".

The entire Foxes playing and backroom staff gathered around the centre circle for a minute's silence ahead of kick-off, with Kasper Schmeichel - reportedly a witness to the scene of the crash - appearing particularly emotional.

The funeral began at a temple in Bangkok on Saturday and with Buddhist bathing rituals and were followed by recitation ceremonies.

The Leicester players and staff also paid tribute to their former owner with the club's travelling fans after the final whistle.

Chants of "Champions of England, you made us sing that", were also sung with gusto as supporters heralded the man that delivered unto them the most unlikely of Premier League titles.

Vichai bought Leicester in 2010.


Speaking to the BBC's Match of the Day programme, Schmeichel said: "It has been hard".

"He brought everybody here and none of this - the memories, this family he's built, the culture he's instilled - would be here without him".

"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite wonderful", he said.

"I think everyone's going to have different reactions to it, some people will be affected more than others but I think the main thing is all coming together even stronger and making sure that we do Vichai proud".

Tributes have poured in for Srivaddhanaprabha from across the footballing world and Leicester returned to action for the first time since the tragedy on Saturday, winning away to Cardiff.

"We talked in the dressing room that there was really no need for gameplans, tactics, all that". "There are a lot of exhausted people in there now but I am proud of this team and the club, the way everyone has handled themselves has been unbelievable".

"I think it will be a odd atmosphere before kick-off, and I don't think anybody knows what sort of game it will be. The impact he's had on my family has been awesome and I'm proud to be part of his family".

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