Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Soccer returns to Leicester 2 weeks after team owner's death

Soccer returns to Leicester 2 weeks after team owner's death

There was a subdued atmosphere but pockets of chanting, including "We love you Leicester, we do", "I'm Leicester till I die" and simply "Vichai".

"I'm confident about the future".

Khun Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium on 27 October.

Leicester also tweeted an emotional video to honour their late chairman on Saturday afternoon, writing: 'In loving memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha'.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley FC at The King Power Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Vichai was among five people killed when the helicopter plunged to the ground in a vehicle park just outside the stadium following Leicester's match against West Ham on October 27.

Fans were given scarves saying "Forever in our Hearts" and the players wore a special shirt during the first half.

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Two minutes of silence honoured the five crash victims and also marked the centenary since the end of World War I.

The team, now 10th in the Premier League, returned to action last weekend, beating Cardiff 1-0 away.

During the second half, the Foxes' shirts will bear an embroidered poppy symbol in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, with a two-minute silence to be held before kick-off. Leading a posse of players and managers past and present on a lap of the pitch were Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's two sons. "I saw it all happen".

The memorial walk was the brainchild of Leicester supporters Megan Elliott, 14, and her 11-year-old sister Casey, who appealed for around 5,000 people to take part in the march.

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.

Once the game got underway, Leicester dominated the opening 30 minutes or so, and but for Matt Lowton clearing off the line from Jamie Vardy, the woodwork thwarting a Rachid Ghezzal a header from and Joe Hart producing a good save to deny Demarai Gray the Clarets could have found themselves trailing for the fourth game in a row.

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