Leicester City players fly to owner's funeral in Thailand

Monday, 05 Nov, 2018

An elaborate funeral has begun for Thai billionaire and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died last week when his helicopter crashed in a auto park next to the English Premier League club's stadium.

Prominent figures in Thailand's music and sporting scene were also in attendance to honour the odds-defying life of Vichai, 60, who along with four others died in a helicopter accident moments after they departed the football club's pitch a week ago.

After the final whistle, Leicester's players and staff stood to applaud their fans for several minutes, taking in the chants of "Vichai" and "Champions of England, you made us sing that".

Gray raised his eyes and his arms to the heavens as if to thank Vichai, and all of Leicester's players, including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, raced to the corner of the ground where their fans were in celebration.

The squad and staff travelled to Bangkok straight from Cardiff to attend Vichai's funeral and their manager, Claude Puel, knows there will be hard times after their return.

Tributes were also paid to Vichai and the others killed in the crash at Saturday's match in Wales, where a wreath was laid and a minute's silence was observed. The balance was good in our speed and intensity.

"Every single player wanted to go out there", he said.

Though the draw moved unbeaten Liverpool top of the table, they were left to rue dropped points.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp added: "They had a few chances for sure".

The Foxes have since responded to that petition and said they would be open to the possibility of renaming it after their former chairman.

The Hammers' deserved win was their first in the league since late September and owed much to two goals from Felipe Anderson.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho called himself "the luckiest manager in the Premier League" after his seventh-place side came from behind to win at Bournemouth 2-1.

Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time victor as Manchester United came from behind to win 2-1 at Bournemouth.

"We were defensively terrible".

City are two points clear of Chelsea, now second following a 3-1 win at home to London rivals Crystal Palace. In its first game since Vichai's death, Leicester won an emotional and highly charged match 1-0.

There was a tense finish as Wolves' Ruben Neves scored a 68th minute penalty before team-mate Raul Jimenez netted with another spot-kick in the 79th minute.

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