Leicester to commemorate Srivaddhanaprabha with statue

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

"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".

His shocking death - moments after taking off from the pitch - sent shockwaves through Leicester, where the charismatic Vichai had become a beloved figure in the club and the city - a feat rarely achieved by Premier League clubs' billionaire owners.

In this photo issued by King Power, Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, foreground, Wes Morgan, right, and Jamie Vardy second row, left, walk with other players and officials from the English Premier League team Leicester City on arrival at a Buddhist temple to participate in the continuing funeral rituals of team owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

The Italian was in charge when Leicester secured one of the most remarkable stories in football history, before his departure in February previous year, and has accepted the club's invitation to attend the game.

The club plan to hand out commemorative scarves, pin badges, banners and souvenir programmes at Saturday's game, which has also been designated the club's annual Remembrance Fixture.

Leicester players will don special jerseys with Srivaddhanaprabha's name embroided on them as a mark of respect, while the club's supporters have planned a tribute march to the ground ahead of kickoff.

"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. "They have learned a lot about themselves in all this and I am proud of them all".

"It's not easy to prepare this game, but the togetherness between us all, it's a good feeling, a good energy, a fantastic strength", he said.

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

Burnley manager Sean Dyche and his coaching staff attended Leicester's game against West Ham but left before the accident occurred. "There's going to be a lot of emotion around the game, so we're going to have to deal with that, pay our respects but then we have to be ready".

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