Leicester City Prepare For Emotional Match After Owner's Death
Leicester City Football Club players will travel to Thailand for the funeral of the club's owner later today.
The players will travel after playing their first game since the death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – who was one of five people killed in a helicopter crash last week.
The chopper came down in a car park outside the club’s King Power Stadium after last week’s match against West Ham.
A minute's silence will be held before today’s game with Cardiff City to remember all five people.
"It wasn't just a couple of players saying we need to play, it was a unanimous decision. Every single player and staff member came out and said: 'We need to play this game. We want to play this game' and that's exactly what's going to happen."— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 2, 2018
Many of the players were very close to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha and manager Claude Puel has said the result is not important - what matters is that they honour Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's memory.
“I have 27 players in the squad,” he said.
“All the players together are ready to give their best, 100%, just to remember the owner on the pitch.”
Workers prepare the Buddhist funeral for Thai billionaire and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at Debsirindrawas Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, 02-11-2018. Image: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha died along with two of his staff members, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
In keeping with Thai tradition, the funeral is expected to last a week.
Many Leicester players including striker Jamie Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan are due to fly to Thailand to support their chairman's family after they have finished the game in Cardiff.
With reporting from IRN ...