Leicester City players fly to owner's funeral in Thailand


4th November, 2018 09:01:24 printer

Leicester City players fly to owner's funeral in Thailand


Leicester City players and officials are flying to Thailand to attend the funeral of the club's owner who died in a helicopter crash.


Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral began at a Bangkok temple on Saturday with Buddhist bathing rituals and will be followed by recitation ceremonies.


Players will be attending services on Sunday and Monday after beating Cardiff 1-0 in the first game since his death.


Before the match they wore T-shirts featuring a picture of Mr Vichai.


They stood for a minute's silence along with Leicester City staff and fans ahead of the kick-off.


Mr Vichai died with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium on 27 October.


His funeral began with a bathing rite ceremony and will be followed by recitation ceremonies over seven days.


The ceremony was held behind closed doors and a special funeral urn and also a five-tiered umbrella, which reflected his high status, was used.


Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the manager of Thailand's women's football team, and the president of the Football Association of Thailand were among the guests.


Leicester City players and club officials are expected to arrive back in the UK on Tuesday morning.


Mr Vichai's body arrived in Thailand on Friday ahead of the funeral.


Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner, Izabela Roza Lechowicz, also died in the crash last Saturday.


The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from outside the stadium on Friday.


The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has begun examining parts of the aircraft and the in-flight recorder.


All this weekend's Premier League games will be preceded by a minute's silence, or applause, and players will wear black armbands.


When Leicester fans arrived at the King Power Stadium before making the journey to the game in Cardiff, they were given free breakfast by the club.