Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Kasper Schmeichel says crash will always stay with him

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Kasper Schmeichel says crash will always stay with him

The tears shed by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel summed up the mood as a huge banner, a Thai flag with "RIP Vichai" and the Leicester badge, was unfurled before the English Premier League game at Cardiff.

Claude Puel praised Leicester's self-control after their "tough week" following the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ended in a 1-0 win at Cardiff.

The funeral of Leicester City owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha began at Bangkok's Wat Debsirindrawas on Saturday as members of Thailand's business, political and sports elite came in black mourning garbs to pay tribute to the billionaire.

"I was on the pitch and I waved him off", said Schmeichel, before he flew with teammates and coaching staff to Bangkok to attend Vichai's funeral.

"It's a very hard time for his family and I'm here to show support".

Srivaddhanaprabha, who took over Leicester in 2010, received much praise for the way in which he ran the club and oversaw the Foxes' remarkable Premier League title win in 2016.

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The Leicester players and staff also paid tribute to their former owner with the club's travelling fans after the final whistle.

"Originally I didn't think the game would go ahead, and if I'm totally honest I was hoping it wasn't going to", Cardiff manager Warnock said at his pre-match press conference. "It'll be massively important we attend, we are a close-knit group and one big family and one of the main reasons for that is Vichai, so it's massively important".

"It's been a odd week, surreal really, and I'm glad it's out of the way if I'm honest", Warnock said.

"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite incredible". "There are a lot of exhausted people in there now but I am proud of this team and the club, the way everyone has handled themselves has been unbelievable".

"It didn't matter who you were, he would always make sure he made the time for you and as the pictures show, he was always smiling and those will be the things that we'll never forget and will always be ingrained in your mind".

"It's one thing building a team and a club that can perform on the pitch, but we're more proud of the family that he's created and the feeling he's instilled in everybody being welcome".

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