Helicopter tragedy will haunt me forever, Leicester’s Schmeichel says

Posted November 07, 2018

Jamie Vardy has called this week the "hardest of his life" and says the Leicester players are desperate to make the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha proud by delivering on the pitch.

Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral is due to begin in Thailand on Saturday, and Vardy confirmed the Leicester squad will be in attendance.

The occasion was charged with emotion following the death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash immediately after the club's match last Saturday.

Leicester City produced the ideal tribute to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha by sealing all three points in an emotional game at the Cardiff City Stadium, but referee Lee Probert has come under intense criticism following his decision to book Demarai Gray for his goal celebration. It's not a nice memory but I've had all the support that I need.

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The Leicester players had a close bond with the popular Thai owner, but have made a decision to play the game on what will be an emotional afternoon for them, the management staff and the club's supporters.

The Leicester City players arrived Sunday after traveling to Bangkok following their match with Cardiff City the day before.

He called Vichai an "extraordinary dad" while Leicester labelled him as a "great man".

The Denmark global has since played more than 300 games for the Foxes and was a huge figure in Leicester's 2015-16 title-winning season, when they triumphed despite having odds of 5,000-1 at the start of the campaign.

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"That was a tough game, not just on the pitch, but mentally", Schmeichel said.

"We wanted to be together about this, because we've all lost what feels like a family member".

"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite awesome".

The Leicester players and staff also paid tribute to their former owner with the club's travelling fans after the final whistle.

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Tributes have poured in for Srivaddhanaprabha from across the footballing world and Leicester returned to action for the first time since the tragedy on Saturday, winning away to Cardiff. "There are a lot of exhausted people in there now but I am proud of this team and the club, the way everyone has handled themselves has been unbelievable".