“We did it for Khun Vichai”
On a poignant and emotion-filled afternoon Leicester City honoured its late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with a victory as they beat Cardiff City 1-0.
There were tears and tributes before the game to remember Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others who died in last weekend’s helicopter crash.
Not only the players but all the staff gathered around the centre circle to observe a minutes silence before the kick off and a huge Thai flag with “RIP Vichai” along with the Leicester City badge could be seen held by fans.
The game was won by a single goal. Scorer Demarai Gray celebrated by removing his shirt to reveal the words “For Khun Vichai”. He was booked for the tribute.
Vichai’s name was sung by the Leicester fans throughout the game and even more so when the final whistle blew as the Leicesters players and staff came together to join their supporters who remained in the stadium to honour Khun Vichai.
Fans held up messages and most seemed to struggle to contain their emotions.
Most of the Leicester playing staff will now travel to Thailand to attend the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.