Leicester City to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with statue outside of stadium

Claude Puel

Leicester City fans are joining a memorial walk in memory of those who lost their lives in the recent helicopter crash outside the club's stadium, including owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed after his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium following the Premier League match against West Ham on October 27.

Puel has admitted getting the players ready for the game against struggling Burnley had been tough.

Leicester players led thousands of fans on a walk from the centre of the city to the club's stadium as soccer returned home for the first time since the death of the owner who oversaw the team's transformation into improbable English Premier League champions.

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

Leicester fans were convinced their late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was watching over them as they marched to honour his life on Saturday afternoon.

There was also applause in the 60th minute to mark Vichai's age when he died.

The team, now 10th in the Premier League, returned to action last weekend, beating Cardiff 1-0 away, but on Saturday a capacity home crowd will have a chance to show their appreciation for the man who transformed their club in the match against Burnley.

Claude Puel's side shrugged off any fatigue with a dominant display against Burnley, but they couldn't find what would have been a fitting victor.


"After the game, there was a lot of emotion that we shared with them and we can imagine what it will be like at home with 30,000 people in the stadium".

"The players compensated with desire".

Jefferson Lerma netted a goal back on the stroke of half-time but Eddie Howe's sixth-placed side failed to find an equaliser and suffered a major injury blow when Adam Smith was carried off with suspected knee ligament damage.

Rondon doubled Newcastle's advantage five minutes before half-time, heading in from Kenedy's cross.

It was Southampton's first league goal in open play for 615 minutes. Southampton, leading at the time through a Manolo Gabbiadini goal, were then hit by a late Jose Holebas equaliser.

"It's ridiculous. We scored a perfectly good goal that was ruled out". "The officials cost us two points".

"They said it was offside, that is a joke". "But I don't feel it and I feel really proud to be manager of this group".

Bamba's goal made it an anniversary to remember for manager Neil Warnock in his 100th game in charge.

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