ENGLISH FOOTBALL CLUB Leicester Owner’s Son Vows To Carry On His Father’s Legacy

Leicester players pay tribute to owner
Players gather on the pitch to remember Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed after taking off from the club’s King Power Stadium

Aiyawatt laid a wreath with his mother Aimon at the stadium on Monday while they also viewed messages, floral tributes, shirts and scarves laid in honour of the founder of duty-free King Power International, who was a huge favourite among the Leicester supporters.

“I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming support,” Aiyawatt said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Thank you, also, to Leicestershire Police and the emergency services. Their fast response on Saturday kept a lot of people safe. Their professionalism and sensitivity since then have made the last few days as bearable as they could be.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (right) and his mother Aimon (second right) lay a wreath outside Leicester City Football Club.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (right) and his mother Aimon (second right) lay a wreath outside Leicester City Football Club.CREDIT:AP

“What happened made me realise how important my dad was to many people all over the world and I’m touched by how many people kept him close to their hearts.”

Vichai bought Leicester City in 2010 and went on to stun the world by beating odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League title in 2016 in what amounted to a sporting fairy tale.

“I’m extremely proud to have such an extraordinary father. From him, I have received a very big mission and legacy to pass on and I intend to do just that,” Aiyawatt added.

After completing forensic enquiries, Leicestershire Police have formally identified Vichai as one of five people killed in the helicopter crash.

“Formal identification of the four other people, who are believed to be Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz, is still being actively progressed,” the police added.

Leicester confirmed Saturday’s league match at Cardiff City would go ahead as scheduled after Tuesday’s League Cup game with Southampton was postponed following the accident.


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