Cardiff, Leicester match to go ahead following death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Cardiff, Leicester match to go ahead following death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Cardiff, Leicester match to go ahead following death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

A day after undergoing surgery, Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey visited King Power Stadium to pay his last respects to club owner Vichai Srivaddhanabrabha, who died in a plane crash outside the ground on Saturday.

Vichai's heavy investment after buying Leicester in 2010 transformed the unglamorous club into shock Premier League champions as 5 000-1 outsiders in 2016.

Leicester's players have been visibly affected by the incident and have spent Monday and Tuesday attending commemorative events to pay tribute to Vichai, the club's popular Thai owner whose helicopter spiraled out of control as it left the King Power Stadium following a Premier League game against West Ham on Saturday.

"I was terribly shaken by the news". His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see. I'm sure, you're in a much better place.

A statement from the Premier League said: "Leicester City's Premier League fixture at Cardiff City will go ahead as planned on Saturday 3 November".

In 2017, Srivaddhanaprabha employed Pearson as manager at OH Leuven, the Belgian club also owned by King Power, having enjoyed four years working together at Leicester between 2011 and 2015.

"It is with extreme difficulty that I write to express and offer my honest condolences and support to the Srivaddhanaprabha and wider King Power family", Pearson said in a statement on Leuven's website.

"This most definitely ensured the belief that sporting miracles can happen".

The death of the charismatic Vichai has stunned the football world, with tributes pouring in from around the globe. "I will miss "The Boss".

Leuven, taken over by King Power a year ago with Srivaddhanaprabha operating as chairman and managed by former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, were due to host Lommel on Wednesday evening but the second division fixture will now take place on December 4.

A minute's silence will be held ahead of the 3pm kickoff at the Cardiff City Stadium, and both sets of players will wear black armbands.

The four other victims were employees Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz, who was also a professional pilot.

The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it had recovered the flight data recorder and would continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

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