Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Leicester players return to stadium to pay their respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Kasper Schmeichel Under Srivaddhanaprabha's ownership Leicester won the 2015/16 Premier League title
Rita Gibson | 05 November, 2018, 05:17

They will join Buddhist prayers for Mr Vichai on Sunday and Monday before heading back to the United Kingdom to prepare for their home match against Burnley on Saturday.

They walked through the grounds of the Wat Debsirindrawas temple in Bangkok, wearing black suits and ties.

The funeral, closed to the public and media, was attended by Vichai's relatives, friends and senior Thai politicians and soccer officials.

The body will be kept for a further 100 days.

The Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says his team's victory at Cardiff on Saturday was "like a cup final" and that the feeling was incomparable to anything else he has experienced in his career.

Leicester paid an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the grief-stricken club won 1-0 at Cardiff following their owner's tragic death, while Alexandre Lacazette's late equalizer gave Arsenal a 1-1 draw against new Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

Gray, 22, who was booked for removing his jersey to reveal a shirt bearing the message "For Khun Vichai", said afterwards: "I'm quite a spiritual, religious guy and I will always keep the shirt".

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"That took a lot, so proud of how everyone played today, how professional everyone was".

The Leicester manager spoke of his pride on Saturday and said his players had grown as people over the past week. "He had that on me and so many people, and the outpouring of grief around the world shows that", he said, according to the BBC.

Gray struck a 55th-minute victor on an emotional afternoon in Cardiff and marked it by removing his top and revealing an undershirt with the words "For Khun Vichai" on it. Leicester's players applauded the fans and nodded their respect.

Leicester City are looking into ways for players and staff can fly to Thailand for part of the funeral.

Numerous squad, including Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, will travel to Thailand.

"We are aware of petitions seeking this type of change as well as for a statue at the club and will discuss all these wishes with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the football club".

"Of course it will be very hard, but we will work every game to get the three points and at the end of it try and celebrate winning one more Premier League. We had to try to hold our emotions and do the best we could".

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