Leicester City manager Claude Puel and the team arrived in Bangkok on Sunday at a temple to pay their respects to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of the club who was among the five people killed in a helicopter accident next to the club’s King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, after the premier league match on Saturday night, 27th October.
The funeral began Saturday, with other ceremonies scheduled through Nov. 9.
Following Vichai’s death, the week was an emotional one for the entire football world, but in particular, those associated with Leicester City football club.
The Thai owner, who had done so much for the club – from clearing all the debts, and seeing the side be promoted to the Premier League to playing a vital role in their historic fairy-tale league winning season. Vichai was also a charitable man and contributed in many ways to the city of Leicester in England.
The city mourned the death of their beloved leader and under the insistence of Vichai’s son, the show went on, when Leicester City visited Cardiff City on Saturday.
Both sets of fans in the match along with the footballers joined their hands to mourn the death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The fans also lifted a banner which read ‘ RIP Vichai’.
Ahead of the match, Leicester City head coach Claude Puel said, “The game is not important, the result is not important but our desire, our action, our power to give our best on the pitch, to honour our chairman – I think is the most important thing.
“The result is the second thing but I think about our condition, our focus. We will be ready but I hope we can find a good balance between conviction and emotion in this game because if we remain just on the emotion it will be difficult.”
In the honour of late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, all the Premier League clubs observed a minute silence and wore black armbands in the matchweek 11 matches.