Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral gets underway in Thailand

Ross Houston
November 5, 2018

Leicester City's traumatic week ended with a 1-0 win at Cardiff City although the result was never the chief concern on a day when the tributes flowed for the Midlands club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash.

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.

A minute's silence was also held at football matches across the United Kingdom in his honour.

Leicester's players had worn white t-shirts bearing Vichai's image and the words "The Boss" on the front of them during the pre-match warm-up.

The number two in Thailand's junta Prawit Wongsuwan and CP group's Dhanin Chearavanont, the richest man in the country, were seen arriving at the week-long ceremony, which begins with three days of royally-sponsored bathing rites.

"It's been a really tough week for everyone", goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said.

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

Puel added: "It was a normal thing for us to have the players and staff for the minute's silence, it is important for solidarity and we want to give our best for our chairman, step by step, to continue his work".

Striker Jamie Vardy recently spoke of the squad's desire to earn a victory against Cardiff in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha, and Demarai Gray's 55th-minute victor proved to be an emotional tribute to the man who helped transform the club. "It'll be massively important we attend", Jamie Vardy said of the funeral plan.

"I think all my staff and players are growing as people", he said.

After the final whistle, Leicester's players and staff stood to applaud their fans for several minutes, taking in the chants of "Vichai" and "Champions of England, you made us sing that".

"We talked about having to just stick together and be what we always have been - a family".

"We were very close to the chairman", captain Wes Morgan said.

"It will be hard because we come back from Bangkok in the middle of the week for our first home game and we know before and after we have events to honour the chairman and it will be important to keep our self-control".

Cardiff fell into the bottom three as Newcastle climbed above them with a first win of the season.

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