Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Leicester City to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with statue outside of stadium

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Cassandra Castillo | 10 November, 2018, 17:36

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.

Leicester City players will wear shirts with club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's name embroidered on them when they play their first home match since the Thai tycoon was killed in a helicopter crash, the Premier League club said.

Former manager Nigel Pearson and one-time director of football Steve Walsh were among the early arrivals, while as downpour gave way to sunshine a rainbow appeared in the sky near The King Power Stadium.

Under his leadership, Leicester won promotion to the Premier League, remarkably became top flight champions and enjoyed a successful campaign in the Champions League.

"I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible".

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

The club will provide fans with scarves, pin badges, clappers and a commemorative programme for the match against Burnley while a special video will be screened inside the King Power Stadium ahead of kick-off.

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They will switch shirts for the second half to jerseys which will feature an embroidered poppy in honour of Remembrance Sunday.

Puel said he expected an emotional afternoon.

Puel has admitted getting the players ready for the game against struggling Burnley had been tough. "They have learned a lot about themselves in all this and I am proud of them all".

"Our strength, spirit and positive attitude, as well as the support of our fans, will be very important".

"It's going to be a day filled with emotion", said Wood, who broke a 10-game goal-scoring drought when he netted in Burnley's last match against West Ham.

"Vichai was a great, respected person, both at the club and Leicester in general".

"In the last game, we found the right balance between emotion and concentration, and focus on our game".

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