Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leicester City to wear special tribute shirts to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha vs. Burnley

Leicester City to wear special tribute shirts to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha vs. Burnley

Rip Vichai. Leicester loves you more than you will know'.

"No chairman has done what he's done with Leicester City".

"I think football can learn from him and the way he gave to the local community".

"I'm confident about the future".

A proud Claude Puel praised his Leicester City players for their character during a "difficult" first appearance at King Power Stadium since Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's death. "There is no doubt about that", added the 57-year-old.

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.

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.

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Just as they had at Cardiff last week, the Leicester fans stayed behind long after this disappointingly goal-free game had begun to fade from the memory.

A special "Tribute to Khun Vichai" video will be shown on big screens before kick-off and a two-minute silence will be held.

Tribute T-shirts will be worn by the players during their warm-up and their match kit will bear Srivaddhanaprabha's name for the first half.

They will switch shirts for the second half to jerseys which will feature an embroidered poppy in honour of Remembrance Sunday. Leading a posse of players and managers past and present on a lap of the pitch were Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's two sons.

Yesterday Leicester City also announced plans to erect a statue of the chairman at the King Power Stadium.

The LCFC Foxes Foundation, which has raised nearly £2M for local charities since its formation in 2011/12, has been renamed in honour of Khun Vichai, whose generosity saw him make over £4M in personal donations to local hospitals, universities and charities in recent years.

"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.

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