Leicester fans march to Burnley game in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Carrie Guzman
November 10, 2018

Vichai died in a helicopter crash before City's last home match two weeks ago.

Leicester City will erect a statue of late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at King Power Stadium following his death in a helicopter crash last month.

Under his leadership, Leicester won promotion to the Premier League, remarkably became top flight champions and enjoyed a successful campaign in the Champions League.

The club will present supporters at the game with scarves, pin badges, clap banners and a special matchday programme as commemorative gifts.

"I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible".

The team, now 10th in the Premier League, returned to action last weekend, beating Cardiff 1-0 away but Saturday will give a chance to a capacity crowd to show their appreciation for the man who transformed their club.

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With Vichai's family in attendance, Leicester's players, who made a 19,000 km round trip to Thailand for the funeral in midweek, wore a special commemorative shirt, while nearly every fan sported one of the specially distributed scarves bearing the words "Forever In Our Hearts".

The second-half shirts will bear the poppy symbol in honour of those who have given their lives in war, with the match selected as the club's annual remembrance fixture, 100 years after the end of World War I.

Puel said he expected an emotional afternoon. It is important to honour our chairman and play a good game.

Some tributes will be kept for a pitchside display for Saturday's match while others will be collected and preserved with the intention to incorporate them into the planned redevelopment and expansion of King Power Stadium. "There's going to be a lot of emotion around the game, so we're going to have to deal with that, pay our respects but then we have to be ready".

Road closures are in place along the route, while tributes placed outside the stadium have been moved to a designated memorial area close to the auto park where the accident took place.

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