Leicester players remember late owner at Bangkok temple

Doug Mendoza
November 5, 2018

After beating Cardiff City 1-0 on Saturday, about 40 Leicester City players and officials arrived in Bangkok on Sunday to pay their respects to late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester City's players plan to travel to Bangkok to attend the funeral after their match against Cardiff.

Thai businessman Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last weekend. There are few people who come along in this life that have an impact on you.

After the match, 13 members comprising Puel, and first-team players Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, captain Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Christian Fuchs, Chiwell, Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison, Marc Albrighton, Andy King and Schmeichel, and director of football Jon Rudkin boarded a chartered flight to Bangkok.

Newcastle claimed its first league victory in 11 games by defeating Watford 1-0.

Before the Cardiff match the team wore T-shirts featuring a picture of the owner and stood for a minute's silence along with Leicester City staff and fans.

"It's a very hard time for his family and I'm here to show support", said Kiattisak Senamuang, a former Thai national soccer team coach and player who noted that Vichai was always supportive of soccer projects in Thailand.

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"You can see by our reaction at the end of the game how much we wanted to get the win and do it for the chairman", he said.

Striker Jamie Vardy recently spoke of the squad's desire to earn a victory against Cardiff in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha, and Demarai Gray's 55th-minute victor proved to be an emotional tribute to the man who helped transform the club.

The Leicester players and staff also paid tribute to their former owner with the club's travelling fans after the final whistle. Dane Schmeichel said: "Everyone grieves in different ways and the opportunity was given [to go for the funeral] and we wanted to go".

"We talked about having to just stick together and be what we always have been - a family".

"It's a very hard time for his family and I'm here to show support", said Kiattisak Senamuang, a former Thai national football team coach and player. "We know what his wishes were". The Foxes, whose fixture at Cardiff was in doubt following the incident, fittingly marked the occasion with victory as Demarai Gray's victor sparked an outpouring of emotion.

"It has not been an easy week, we had to try and hold our emotions in today and do the best we can".

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