Leicester City honoured the memory of its late owner; Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the grieving Foxes hack down Cardiff at home in a tribute to the soul of the departed billionaire who died in a helicopter crash at the Kings Power stadium last weekend.
Thai billionaire Vichai and four others were killed when the chopper they were travelling in crashed outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium shortly after last Saturday’s match against West Ham thereby sending the world football community into mourning.
With Vichai’s funeral underway on Saturday in Bangkok, the Foxes were guest of Cardiff City for a match that served as a chance to pay tribute to their late owner and it was a befitting tribute that Leicester took the maximum points in their first match since Vichai’s death courtesy of a Demarai Gray’s second-half winner at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Leicester’s players had worn white t-shirts bearing Vichai’s image and the words “The Boss” on the front of them during the pre-match warm-up.
On the back, an inscription read “Khun Vichai You Will Be Forever In Our Hearts”.
A minute’s silence was impeccably observed, with a wreath laid on the pitch and images of Vichai shown on the scoreboards behind either goal.
Leicester City players and staff linked arms on the centre circle to pay tribute during a poignant silence that left Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in tears.
Two giant flags in memory of Vichai were unfurled, one of them being passed from Cardiff supporters to their Leicester counterparts, as the game got underway.
A superb cross from Ben Chilwell found Gray who finished off at the 55th minute for an emotional celebration that earned a booking for lifting his shirt to reveal a message that read “For Vichai”.
At full-time, Leicester’s players clustered together in celebration of a deserving tribute to the man they call ‘The Boss’ while the team are due to embark on a journey to Thailand his funeral immediately after the game.