Leicester beats Cardiff in first game since owner’s death

07 November, 2018, 05:17 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral gets underway in Thailand

Jamie Vardy has called this week the "hardest of his life" and says the Leicester players are desperate to make the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha proud by delivering on the pitch.

There were emotional scenes at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Leicester City lined up for their first match since the tragic, untimely death of their chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Goalkeeper Schmeichel was part of a delegation from the club which arrived in Bangkok on Sunday to attend Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral.

"The club has been great and everybody has received the support that they needed".

Leicester City fans held up shirts in rememberance of Srivaddhanaprabha, who was affectionately known as "The Boss".

"He was like the father figure of the group, wanting to be like that not just with the players, but the fans as well, to be as one".

"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. "Our chairman wanted to do a tribute from Vincent (Tan, Cardiff's owner) and everyone at the club, we'll be having the minute's silence together, the chairman is going to lay a wreath and there will be moments to reflect for everyone", Warnock said.

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Speaking to the BBC's Match of the Day programme, Schmeichel said: "It has been hard".

"All the memories we've made together as a family, without him it would have never happened so again, overwhelming sense of pride to be part of it".

As the players emerged from the tunnel, both sets of fans unfurled giant banners bearing the words "RIP Vichai", with Cardiff supporters passing theirs to their Leicester counterparts in a show of unity.

"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite fantastic", he said.

A scheduled EFL Cup clash with Southampton on Tuesday was postponed, with Leicester players - who paid tribute to the 60-year-old at the ground this week - returning to action in the Welsh capital on Saturday.

Many felt Probert demonstrated a complete lack of understanding and common sense in booking Gray given the sensitive and raw nature of last weeks tragic events that has united the footballing world.

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