Leicester City pay tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha


Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare - three former Leicester City managers - will be guests for the game against Burnley on Saturday, as the club prepares to make an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

"No chairman has done what he's done with Leicester City".

On Friday, the club announced plans to erect a statue of Vichai at the stadium.

Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when his helicopter crashed October 27 in a parking lot next to the English Premier League club's stadium.

On a poignant afternoon in Leicester, the stadium fell silent not only for two minutes before kick-off - this was also the club's annual Remembrance fixture - but also during a touching and beautifully put-together video of Vichai that was shown on the giant screens inside the ground.

"There is a lot of emotion around it, before, during and afterwards", Foxes manager Claude Puel said in anticipation of this weekend's match.

A two minutes silence was held before the match and players wore black armbands, their match day shirts had Khun Vichai's name embroidered on them during the first half, whilst second half shirts had the poppy symbol, commemorating 100 years since the end of the World War one.

"We will never be able to repay what he did for us - for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond - but we are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy", Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha wrote in a souvenir programme for Saturday's match.

The team, now 10th in the Premier League, returned to action last weekend, beating Cardiff 1-0 away.

They went for an astonishing £9,008, while a pair of Kasper Schmeichel's gloves also fetched £4,000.

Schmeichel has been especially affected, having watched the helicopter take off from the pitch before it appeared to go into a fateful spin.

"What happened next will stay with me forever".

Road closures are in place along the route, while tributes placed outside the stadium have been moved to a designated memorial area close to the auto park where the accident took place.

The LCFC Foxes Foundation, which has raised nearly £2M for local charities since its formation in 2011/12, has been renamed in honour of Khun Vichai, whose generosity saw him make over £4M in personal donations to local hospitals, universities and charities in recent years.

He admitted getting the players ready for the game against struggling Burnley had been tough.