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IN MOURNING: Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, poses with players and staff of Leicester City, during the funeral of his father, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, late chairman of Leicester City Football Club in Bangkok yesterday. Pic: Reuters

IN MOURNING: Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, poses with players and staff of Leicester City, during the funeral of his father, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, late chairman of Leicester City Football Club in Bangkok yesterday. Pic: Reuters

IN MOURNING: Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, poses with players and staff of Leicester City, during the funeral of his father, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, late chairman of Leicester City Football Club in Bangkok yesterday. Pic: Reuters

Leicester City players and staff arrived in Thailand yesterday to pay their respects to the club's former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The squad flew out after Saturday's emotionally-charged 1-0 win at Cardiff, their first game since Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium a week earlier.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who admitted he was shaking during the warm-up against Cardiff, was among the Leicester playing staff at a Bangkok temple yesterday.

Club captain Wes Morgan, striker Jamie Vardy, and manager Claude Puel were also pictured as part of the Leicester delegation, dressed in black suits, white shirts and black ties, for the week-long funeral of their former owner.

The Leicester squad were due to attend services in the Thai capital yesterday and today before they return to England on Tuesday.

Winger Demarai Gray scored the only goal in the 55th minute at Cardiff to earn Leicester the three points, and removed his shirt to reveal a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha.

The Leicester players and staff also paid tribute to their former owner with the club's travelling fans after the final whistle.

Courage

Schmeichel, 31, said: "It has been very hard for everyone.

''We have tried for a few hours a day to be professional and train hard, but everyone wanted to play and win for his family.

''His family have been strong, with the courage they have shown.

"I feel just an overwhelming sense of pride of being part of the family that Vichai built and the extended family of Leicester City." The Dane added: "It was nice to get a win and three points to take to Thailand now and hopefully we did his family proud.

"You couldn't ask for a better chairman. There are few people who come along in this life that have an impact on you.

"He had that on me and so many people, and the outpouring of grief around the world shows that.

"Everyone grieves in different ways and the opportunity was given to attend the funeral and we wanted to go.

''We are a family and wanted to pay our last respects together."


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