Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Leicester City chairman to be honoured with statue

Ruben Hill
November 10, 2018

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

Earlier on Friday, Leicester begun the hard task of moving tributes to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha - including flowers, shirts and poems - from outside the North Stand to a designated memorial area close to the accident site on the other side of the stadium.

His shocking death - moments after taking off from the pitch - sent shockwaves through Leicester, where the charismatic Vichai had become a beloved figure in the club and the city - a feat rarely achieved by Premier League clubs' billionaire owners.

"I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible".

It was under Vichai's ownership that Leicester crafted one of the biggest fairytales in English football history by winning the 2015/16 Premier League, having started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title.

"A special "Tribute to Khun Vichai" video will be shown on the big screens at 2.45pm prior to our 3pm kick-off and fans will receive gifts of commemorative scarves, pin badges, clap banners and souvenir matchday programmes in honour of the club's late chairman", Leicester said in a statement.

Players and staff flew to Bangkok after Saturday's 1-0 win at Cardiff to attend Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral and returned on Tuesday.

They will switch shirts for the second half to jerseys which will feature an embroidered poppy in honour of Remembrance Sunday.

Under its new name, The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation will continue to use football as a force for good in the community in a way that reflects the generosity, care and love of the Club's late Chairman.

"It's not easy to prepare this game, but the togetherness between us all, it's a good feeling, a good energy, a fantastic strength", he said.

Supporters braved the pouring rain as they made their way through the streets towards the ground for the first home match since the tragedy holding Leicester flags and wearing club shirts, some with "Vichai" on the back.

Chris Wood broke a 10-game goal-scoring drought when he netted in Burnley's recent loss to West Ham.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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