Soccer players fly to Thailand to attend Leicester City's late chairman's funeral
Leicester City players flew to Thailand to pay their respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of the famous soccer club.
Srivaddhanaprabha lost his life in a helicopter crash last Saturday, October 27, 2018, after a match between Leicester City and West Ham in the Premier League.
As reported by the Mirror, Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz also perished in the terrible accident.
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Hundreds of people have passed by the Buddhist funeral in Bangkok to honor and tribute Srivaddhanaprabha for who he was as a man and as a businessman.
Leicester City players and staff pay their respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at his funeral in Bangkok 💙— Goal (@goal) November 4, 2018
📹 Credit: King Power pic.twitter.com/7AykFOmBnT
THE PLAYERS DIDN'T MISS THE CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE
The soccer players have been spotted among mourners who kneel in front of a shrine dedicated to the late 60-year-old, whether to pray or lay flowers on it.
Striker Jaimie Vardy and center back Harry Maguire, along with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Leicester City Manager Claude Puel, carefully listened to the tributes at the temple.
THE FORCE BEHIND THE DREAM
The Thai club owner was loved by everyone, not only for his dedication but for helping the team achieve the fairytale dream of winning his first Premier League title back in 2016.
As a tribute before leaving for Thailand, Leicester beat Cardiff 1-0 in the first match since Srivaddhanaprabha's passing, a moment that was filled with emotion.
So proud of the lads, club and supporters for today. Great performance which sums up what this club is about. Boss that was for you 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/HcqNchqAAf— Andy King (@AndyKingy) November 3, 2018
A 7-DAY CEREMONY
The players are expected to stay in Thailand until Monday and will be traveling back to the United Kingdom on Tuesday morning when they will resume their work.
Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral will last seven days, during which several important figures are expected to arrive, such as Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat of Thailand, who paid her respects on the second day.
The helicopter crash, caused by a malfunction, will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it, including Peter Shilton, a former Leicester City goalkeeper, and his wife, who were shocked to see the aircraft engulfed in flames.