Leicester City to honour late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with statue


The "5000-1" walk is aimed at paying tribute to those, as well as recognizing the stunning odds which the club overcame under Srivaddhanaprabha's leadership to claim the Premier League title in 2016.

Leicester City will honour their late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with a statue outside the Premier League club's King Power Stadium following his death in a helicopter crash last month.

Another supporter, Don Martin, said: "It seems like it's a celebration but it's one of the saddest days for the club".

"I'm confident about the future".

Claude Puel, Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan and King also wrote tributes to the Thai businessman in the special match programme, while former manager Claudio Ranieri called Srivaddhanaprabha "generous", writing: "I think Khun Vichai will be remembered forever".

His son and vice-chairman Aiyawatt confirmed the commissioning of a statue in a personal tribute in a souvenir programme to be given to all fans at Saturday's home Premier League game against Burnley.

Vichai was among five people killed when the helicopter plunged to the ground in a auto park just outside the stadium following Leicester's match against West Ham on October 27.

On a poignant afternoon in Leicester, the stadium fell silent not only for two minutes before kick-off - this was also the club's annual Remembrance fixture - but also during a touching and beautifully put-together video of Vichai that was shown on the giant screens inside the ground.

The team, now 10th in the Premier League, returned to action last weekend, beating Cardiff 1-0 away, but on Saturday a capacity home crowd will have a chance to show their appreciation for the man who transformed their club.

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Leicester's players will wear tribute t-shirts for their warm-up and the first half of the game will see the hosts sport jerseys with Srivaddhanaprabha's name proudly displayed.

Schmeichel has been especially affected, having watched the helicopter take off from the pitch before it appeared to go into a fateful spin.

Megan said: "I never thought it would end up this big".

"What happened next will stay with me forever".

Earlier on Friday, Leicester begun the hard task of moving tributes to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha - including flowers, shirts and poems - from outside the North Stand to a designated memorial area close to the accident site on the other side of the stadium.

Stories have emerged of his acts of generosity to the club's supporters and players and sizeable donations he made to local hospitals.

"We know our fans, they are fantastic. there were 3,000 of them at our last game in Cardiff, it was a fantastic reunion with the fans", Puel said.

Burnley were the first opponents to face Leicester at home following the tragic accident.