Schmeichel in tears as Leicester bid farewell to Vichai

Leicester City players vow to ‘honor’ club owner in first Premier League fixture since tragedy

Leicester City players vow to ‘honor’ club owner in first Premier League fixture since tragedy

The royally sponsored funeral was being held at a temple in Bangkok and guests included top government officials, businessmen and other public figures.

They are team captain Wes Morgan, defenders Harry Maguire, Christian Fuchs and Ben Chiwell, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison, Marc Albrighton and Andy King.

After the match, 13 members of Leicester City - including manager Claude Puel, striker Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki - boarded a chartered flight to Bangkok, according to a statement from Vichai's company, King Power.

Leicester City's Carabao Cup fixture with Southampton which was scheduled for last Tuesday was postponed in the wake of the incident. "May Vichai rest in peace". On the hoardings around the ground, another message flashed up.

Outside the temple on Saturday, Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang, a former Thai national soccer player and coach who was also at the Leicester match, told reporters that worldwide soccer world had lost an important patron. And anybody with a heart, anybody who loved football, felt the tears welling up inside them.

Vichai was hugely popular with fans of the previously unfancied side from central England, which went on to stun the football world by winning the league title in 2016.

Thousands of Leicester City fans have travelled to Wales for their match against Cardiff City - a game that is being seen as a tribute to their chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a hel.

Earlier in the week, the team unanimously chose to attend the ceremony to pay tribute to the popular owner, who died in a helicopter crash at the club's King Power Stadium.

Banners were shared between both sets of fans and Srivaddhanaprabha's name was sung repeatedly. Schmeichel ran the length of the field to join a team celebration.

The smiles returned briefly to the faces of Leicester's players on Saturday following the most traumatic week of their careers.

Following the game the Leicester players stood and applauded their supporters for a lengthy period.

Vichai's body was flown to Thailand on Friday in advance of the official ceremony, which lasts until November 9.

Leicester City paid an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the grief-stricken club won 1-0 at Cardiff following their owner's tragic death, while Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Leicester owner cleared the club's debts and oversaw their promotion to the Premier League in 2014.

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