Players pay tribute to Leicester owner

Leicester owner Srivaddhanaprabha  (centre) holding the Premier League trophy in admiration

Leicester owner Srivaddhanaprabha (centre) holding the Premier League trophy in admiration

TRIBUTES have been paid to Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after it was confirmed he died in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The 60-year-old Thai businessman was one of five people killed when his helicopter lost control and crashed in a car park following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Under Srivaddhanaprabha’s ownership, Leicester secured promotion to the top-flight in 2014 and, against odds of 5,000-1, won the 2015/16 Premier League title.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said Srivaddhanaprabha “changed football” and “gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible”.

Striker Jamie Vardy, who scored 24 Premier League goals in the season Leicester won the title, wrote on Instagram: “Struggling to find the right words …. but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club.

“Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you…. may you rest in peace.”

Leicester captain Wes Morgan wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely heartbroken and devastated regarding the news of our chairman.”

“A man that was loved and adored by everyone here at LCFC and someone who I personally had the utmost respect for.”

Leicester right-back Danny Simpson said on Twitter: “Thank you for everything you have done for me, the players, the fans, the club and the whole city of Leicester.

“You made mine and everyone else’s dream come true.I am devastated and can’t quite process what has happened but we will do our best to help this club grow.”

Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi thanked Srivaddhanaprabha for coming out to watch him in World Cup action for Nigeria.

Ndidi wrote on Twitter: “You were far too kind and supportive. Thank you for all you did for the club, for always encouraging the team and coming all the way to watch me play at the World Cup.”

A book of condolence will be opened at King Power Stadium on Tuesday and Leicester’s next match, against Southampton in the Carabao Cup, has been postponed. – Sky Sports

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