Riyad Mahrez pays tribute to "special" Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after scoring Wembley victor


A picture of Leicester's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is projected on a giant screen inside the King Power Stadium after he died in a helicopter crash on Saturday.

On Saturday, the Thai businessman was leaving the ground following Leicester's 1-1 draw against West Ham United in a private helicopter when it crashed in the arena's vehicle park and killed five people.

Leicester are also planning to build a new $100 million training facility that will bear his name. Vichai's son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, known as "Top", is chief executive of his father's duty-free empire King Power and also vice-chairman of the football club Vichai bought in 2010. I am with Leicester and the family of the victims. "We are aware of petitions seeking this type of change as well as for a statue at the club and will discuss all these wishes with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the football club".

The Algerian global was a key player in Leicester's miraculous Premier League title win in 2016, joining the club from French side Le Havre two years before. "The outpouring of grief is a testament to how many people's lives were touched by those on board", she said in a statement.

"I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years".

The Thai businessman was an influential figure behind the scenes for the Foxes, and he will go down in history for having achieved what was once thought deliriously impossible: winning the Premier League title with Leicester.

'A minute's silence will be observed before kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium and players will wear black armbands in Khun Vichai's honour.

Meanwhile, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) continue to conduct its investigations as it tries to establish what caused Saturday's tragedy.

"We feel deeply for the rest of the family but there is so much respect for what he's done for the club".

Leicester City's first-team squad had a short training session on Monday morning but the club's fourth round League Cup tie with Southampton, scheduled for Tuesday at the King Power, was postponed because of the accident.

Leicestershire Police said on Twitter that their drone was not in flight when the helicopter left the stadium.