Thursday 19 September 2019

Leicester relocate tributes to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

The Foxes host Burnley on Saturday in their first home game since the club’s owner died in a helicopter crash near the King Power Stadium.

Volunteers relocate tributes, left for the victims of the helicopter crash at Leicester last month (Aaron Chown/PA)
Volunteers relocate tributes, left for the victims of the helicopter crash at Leicester last month (Aaron Chown/PA)

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association Sport

Leicester have started the difficult task of moving tributes to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium, as fans raise almost £20,000 for the club’s newly named foundation.

Tributes were left outside the ground following the crash on October 27 which cost the lives of five people, including Foxes chairman Srivaddhanaprabha, 60.

Flowers, shirts and poems have been painstakingly moved by the club and volunteers from outside the North Stand ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Burnley, the first home game since the tragedy.

Volunteers relocate tributes at the King Power Stadium (Aaron Chown/PA)

They have been taken to a designated memorial area close to the accident site on the other side of the stadium.

Some will be kept for a pitchside display for Saturday’s match while others will be collected and preserved with the intention to incorporate them into the planned redevelopment and expansion of King Power Stadium.

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

A supporter takes a photo of shirt tributes, left for the victims of the helicopter crash (Aaron Chown/PA)

Boss Claude Puel admitted preparations for the Burnley game have been difficult after a 12,000 mile round trip but it was important to pay their respects.

“It was a long journey but very important for us, for the players and staff to support Vichai’s family,” he said.

Fans will be given commemorative scarves, pin badges, clappers and programmes on Saturday while the players will wear shirts with Srivaddhanaprabha’s named embroidered on.

A special ‘Tribute to Khun Vichai’ video to be shown on the big screens inside the ground while thousands of fans plan to march from Jubilee Square in the city centre to the ground.

It comes after the newly named Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation has raised £19,709 following an online auction.

The LCFC Foxes Foundation, which has raised almost £2million for local charities since its formation in 2011/12, has been renamed in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.

Jamie Vardy’s boots, worn at Cardiff with ‘Khun Vichai’ embroidered on them went for £9,008 while a pair of Kasper Schmeichel’s gloves fetched £4,000. The use of Vardy’s executive box for the Burnley game raised £6,700.

Two members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff – Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai – pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz were also killed in the crash.

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