Tuesday 17 September 2019

Leicester pay a special tribute to their late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of Cardiff game

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) wears a Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha shirt during warm-up the Premier League match at the Cardiff City Stadium
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) wears a Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha shirt during warm-up the Premier League match at the Cardiff City Stadium
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Players and supporters of Leicester City paid tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash last weekend, by wearing t-shirts bearing his image.

Travelling fans were provided with breakfast and a t-shirt in tribute to the 'The Boss'.

The back of the t-shirt, which was also worn by the Leicester players in their warm-up at the Cardiff City Stadium, read: "You will be forever in our hearts."

Speaking ahead of the game, Leicester captain Wes Morgan told the BBC: "The lads have been devastated but we know what the wishes of the chairman is, he would want us to get out there on the pitch and try our best."

A minute's silence was impeccably observed at Cardiff with images of Srivaddhanaprabha shown on the scoreboard behind either goal.

The entire Leicester staff joined the players on the centre circle to pay tribute during the silence.

Two giant flags in memory of Srivaddhanaprabha were unfurled, one of them being passed from Cardiff supporters to their Leicester counterparts, as the game got under way.

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan and the rest of the club's board paid tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others killed last weekend in the matchday programme.

"This week the thoughts and prayers of Cardiff City Football Club have been with our friends at Leicester City," the programme read.

"Today, in the saddest of circumstances, we stand alongside them in memory of those lost last weekend.

"The Leicester players, ahead of that memorable title-winning season, needed to have belief instilled in them.

"It emanated from Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The world of football lost a true pioneer and visionary seven days ago, though one whose legacy will live forever."

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