Leicester City players attend chairman's funeral in Bangkok

Clay Curtis
November 4, 2018

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

They left the United Kingdom hours after beating Cardiff City 1-0 in their first match since the disaster last Saturday.

Outside the temple on Saturday, Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang, a former Thai national soccer player and coach who was also at the Leicester match, told reporters that worldwide soccer world had lost an important patron.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, nicknamed "Top", Vichai's youngest child and King Power's chief executive officer, said last week that he has "received a very big mission and legacy" from his father.

"He's now the leader of Thai football and leader of world football because he changed a lot of things when he took the chairmanship of Leicester City", Thai football legend Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang told AFP outside the ceremony, his tone sombre. It has been an emotional day. "We are glad we've come away today from a really tough game with a win we can bring to Thailand and hope we did the family proud".

Vardy added: "He wasn't just a chairman, he literally was part of your extended family".

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Before the game, Leicester players wore white t-shirts bearing the image of Srivaddhanaprabha and the words "The Boss" on the front of them.

On the back, an inscription read "Khun Vichai You Will Be Forever In Our Hearts". A wreath was laid on the pitch and a minute's silence immaculately observed by both sets of fans.

The smiles returned briefly to the faces of Leicester's players on Saturday following the most traumatic week of their careers.

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.

Referee Lee Probert looked reluctant to apply the law but quietly booked Gray under the rule that players must not remove their shirt over their head.

Members of the Leicester City team, including the striker Jamie Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, as well as the coach Claude Puel, were due to fly to Thailand after their match against Cardiff on Saturday to pay their respects to the owner.

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