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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Football world mourns Leicester City 'legend'


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Premier League club Leicester City have confirmed Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who died when a helicopter crashed next to the stadium.

The 60-year-old retail entrepreneur's helicopter burst into flames shortly after taking off from the soccer field Saturday at the team's King Power Stadium which is named after his duty-free chain.

Two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, also died along with pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Leicester City stars joined the football world in mourning their deaths after the tragic accident.

https://twitter.com/vardy7/status/1056671233247531019

"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," striker Jamie Vardy said.

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

Former Socceroos and Leicester City goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was also saddened by the news.

"So sad to hear the news that confirms the chairman of Leicester City football club Vichal Srivaddhanaprabha was one of the people who has lost his life on Saturday evening following the tragic helicopter accident," Schwarzer said.

"My thoughts are with his family and all of those who were on board."

https://twitter.com/schwarzer_mark/status/1056675934038827008

"Devastated and heartbroken at the news that no one survived the helicopter crash yesterday," Leicester City's James Maddison tweeted.

"Life isn’t fair sometimes. A wonderful thoughtful man who lived and breathed Leicester City Football Club. Rest in Peace Boss."

https://twitter.com/Madders10/status/1056674710061281283

"Thank you for everything you have done for me, the players, the fans, the club and the whole city of Leicester," right back Danny Simpson said. 

"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. RIP."

https://twitter.com/dannysimpson/status/1056672311410126848

Vichai bought Leicester for 39 million pounds ($50 million) in 2010 when it was in the second-tier Championship and bankrolled the revival that peaked with the 5,000-1 outsiders improbably wining the English Premier League in 2016.

“I always believed in the power of our spirit,” Vichai said in 2016. “It drove us to reach the Premier League, it gave us the strength to stay in the Premier League, and now it has inspired us to win the Premier League.

“It is a spirit that has spread beyond Leicester, taking our story to the hearts of the world. Our spirit exists because of the love we share for each other and the energy it helps to create, both on and off the pitch, and in the years to come, it will continue to be our greatest asset.”

https://twitter.com/RobHarris/status/1056673388771663872

Having accomplished one of the greatest underdog stories in the history of sports, the central England team is now valued by Forbes at 371 million pounds ($476 million).

In a statement, Leicester says “the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.”

“It is likely to take several days to fully complete the necessary work and to safely deal with the scene of this tragic accident,” Leicestershire Police Superintendent Steve Potter said.

Leicester’s next game, which was scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, has been postponed.

https://twitter.com/LCFC/status/1056666958870073345

“Everyone at the club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time,” Leicester said.

With fans already fearing the worst, a makeshift shrine formed from early Sunday outside the stadium named after Vichai’s King Power company. Among the hundreds of visitors was a group of young footballers from Thailand on a trip to England who knelt on the ground and bowed their heads in front of the carpet of tributes.

“Without you the dream wouldn’t have become reality,” read one message on a club flag on the spot where fans gathered two years ago to celebrate the team’s first English title in its 134-year existence.

The outpouring of emotion at the stadium on Sunday reflected how highly the ownership is regarded in the city, which has only one professional soccer team.

Vichai has formed a close bond with the fans, sometimes mingling with them at games, in contrast to some Premier League owners who maintain a distance.

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Premier League club Leicester City have confirmed Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who died when a helicopter crashed next to the stadium.

The 60-year-old retail entrepreneur's helicopter burst into flames shortly after taking off from the soccer field Saturday at the team's King Power Stadium which is named after his duty-free chain.

Two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, also died along with pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Leicester City stars joined the football world in mourning their deaths after the tragic accident.

https://twitter.com/vardy7/status/1056671233247531019

"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," striker Jamie Vardy said.

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

Former Socceroos and Leicester City goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was also saddened by the news.

"So sad to hear the news that confirms the chairman of Leicester City football club Vichal Srivaddhanaprabha was one of the people who has lost his life on Saturday evening following the tragic helicopter accident," Schwarzer said.

"My thoughts are with his family and all of those who were on board."

https://twitter.com/schwarzer_mark/status/1056675934038827008

"Devastated and heartbroken at the news that no one survived the helicopter crash yesterday," Leicester City's James Maddison tweeted.

"Life isn’t fair sometimes. A wonderful thoughtful man who lived and breathed Leicester City Football Club. Rest in Peace Boss."

https://twitter.com/Madders10/status/1056674710061281283

"Thank you for everything you have done for me, the players, the fans, the club and the whole city of Leicester," right back Danny Simpson said. 

"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. RIP."

https://twitter.com/dannysimpson/status/1056672311410126848

Vichai bought Leicester for 39 million pounds ($50 million) in 2010 when it was in the second-tier Championship and bankrolled the revival that peaked with the 5,000-1 outsiders improbably wining the English Premier League in 2016.

“I always believed in the power of our spirit,” Vichai said in 2016. “It drove us to reach the Premier League, it gave us the strength to stay in the Premier League, and now it has inspired us to win the Premier League.

“It is a spirit that has spread beyond Leicester, taking our story to the hearts of the world. Our spirit exists because of the love we share for each other and the energy it helps to create, both on and off the pitch, and in the years to come, it will continue to be our greatest asset.”

https://twitter.com/RobHarris/status/1056673388771663872

Having accomplished one of the greatest underdog stories in the history of sports, the central England team is now valued by Forbes at 371 million pounds ($476 million).

In a statement, Leicester says “the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.”

“It is likely to take several days to fully complete the necessary work and to safely deal with the scene of this tragic accident,” Leicestershire Police Superintendent Steve Potter said.

Leicester’s next game, which was scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, has been postponed.

https://twitter.com/LCFC/status/1056666958870073345

“Everyone at the club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time,” Leicester said.

With fans already fearing the worst, a makeshift shrine formed from early Sunday outside the stadium named after Vichai’s King Power company. Among the hundreds of visitors was a group of young footballers from Thailand on a trip to England who knelt on the ground and bowed their heads in front of the carpet of tributes.

“Without you the dream wouldn’t have become reality,” read one message on a club flag on the spot where fans gathered two years ago to celebrate the team’s first English title in its 134-year existence.

The outpouring of emotion at the stadium on Sunday reflected how highly the ownership is regarded in the city, which has only one professional soccer team.

Vichai has formed a close bond with the fans, sometimes mingling with them at games, in contrast to some Premier League owners who maintain a distance.

https://twitter.com/LukeShaw23/status/1056672925150048259

https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/status/1056673473009999874

https://twitter.com/ManUtd/status/1056680406639099905

https://twitter.com/Lascelles16/status/1056670081407705094

https://twitter.com/PSG_inside/status/1056678986309427205

https://twitter.com/chalobah/status/1056687951860637696

https://twitter.com/aguerosergiokun/status/1056679089841541120

https://twitter.com/AVFCOfficial/status/1056671641533640704

https://twitter.com/VillarrealCF/status/1056688300545769472

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