Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Lineker pays tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha

Lineker pays tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha

He said: "Deeply saddened to hear the confirmation that @lcfc chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of 5 people to lose their lives in the helicopter crash on Saturday evening".

"I remember when we first met, that I immediately thought he was a positive person, full of energy", said Ranieri. "The world has lost a great man", the club said.

A striking photo of Kung Vichai is the current centrepiece of a moving memorial area outside the stadium where thousands of fans have left flowers and messages.

Through substantial investment, Srivaddhanaprabha wiped the club's £100 million debt and transformed them from Championship strugglers to history making Premiership champions in six years. His vast contribution to Leicester City FC, the city of Leicester and English football will never be forgotten.

A video has been released, showing the helicopter crash that led to the death of Leicester City's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The prince, who is the president of the English Football Association, says he had known the 60-year-old retail entrepreneur for several years. "He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes", said William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Those sentiments were echoed by former Foxes and England striker and Leicester native Gary Lineker, who saw the club claim the Premier League title at odds of 5000/1.

The family's empire also includes Belgian football club, Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

"Never have I ever come across a man like you".

Kelechi Iheanacho, while reacting to the news also said that: "May the good Lord accept your soul rest on boss".

"Everyone at the club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this hard time", the statement said.

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The Japanese prime minister also said he would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific. PM Modi said he is confident that this visit will add new vigour to the strong friendship between India and Japan.

British police named the four other crash victims as Nursara Suknamai - an actress and a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe in 2005 - and Kaveporn Punpare, both members of Vichai's staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

A spokesman for the Midlands club said on Saturday: "We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the emergency services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium".

One newspaper, the Daily Mirror, described Swaffer as a veteran pilot with many years' experience, who previously flew members of the Royal Family and celebrities.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was seen weeping as he stared at a fireball in a carpark outside the stadium around an hour after a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Eyewitnesses said the helicopter appeared to develop a mechanical problem in its rear propeller shortly after takeoff.

Leicester manager Claude Puel and the club's first team and youth players were amongst those in attendance as Srivaddhanaprabha's wife Aimon and son Aiyawatt visited the stadium, laying the wreath on the pitch's centre circle - the spot where the helicopter had taken off from shortly before it crashed on a nearby vehicle park.

"The very fact is he was just an incredible gentleman as well, his popularity was far beyond Leicester but Leicester would have taken the bulk of that".

Another fan, Nathavut Sirimontaporn, said Vichai has brought "benefits" to Thai football.

Fellow City defender and England left-back Ben Chilwell hailed "one of the best people you could wish to meet".

Premier League club Leicester City have confirmed Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who died when a helicopter crashed next to the stadium.

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