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Foxes set for farewell from the late owner

Foxes set for farewell from the late owner

Date published: Saturday, November 10, 2018

LONDON: Leicester returns to action at King Power Stadium on Saturday after football fans are preparing to pay tribute to the man who has transformed his dreams into an amazing reality.

Claude Puel's manager, preparing for the match against Burnley, was interrupted after he and several players, including Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel, traveled to Thailand to pay respect to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The Leicester owner, Vichai, was killed in a helicopter crash just outside the field, along with four other people, after the club got 1-1 at the King Power Stadium on October 27th.

His shocking dead moments, after taking off from the shock waves through Leicester, where the charismatic Vichai had become a club and town figure – a rare achievement made by Premier League billionaires.

It was under Vichai's property that Leicester created one of the biggest fairytales in the history of English football, winning the Premier League 2015/16 after the season began as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title.

The team, which is currently ranked 10th in the Premier League, returned to action last week, defeated Cardiff by 1-0, but Saturday will give a chance of a lot of capabilities to show appreciation for the man who turned his club .

A special video "Tribute to Khun Vichai" will be displayed on large screens before launch, followed by a silence of two minutes, and fans will receive commemorative scarves and souvenir programs in honor of the club's president.

Tribute tribes will be worn by the players during warm-up, and Khun Vichai's name will be embroidered on the team's T-shirts in the first half.

Shirts of the second half will wear the red poppy symbol in honor of those who gave their lives in the war, the match being selected as the club's annual coinage memory, 100 years after the end of World War I.

"We know our fans are fantastic … there were 3,000 of them at our last game in Cardiff, it was a fantastic reunion with fans," Puel said.

"After the game, there was a lot of emotions we shared with them and we can imagine what will be at home with 30,000 people on the stadium."

Puel admitted that he was preparing for the match against Burnley, who was bravado, was tough, with emotion on his feet.

"It's not easy to prepare this game, but the unity between us is a good feeling, good energy, fantastic power," he added.

"Our strength, spirit and positive attitude, as well as our fans' support, will be very important.

"In the last game, we found the right balance between emotion and concentration and we focused on our game."

In addition to the official events at the stadium, thousands of fans are expected to attend the Vichai Walk from the city center to the stadium in honor of those killed in the accident.

Burnley conveys Chris Wood, who spent two years in Leicester from 2013 to 2015, said the day would be "full of excitement."

"Khun Vichai was a great person, respected both at the club and at Leicester in general," he said. "There will be a lot of emotions around the game, so we have to deal with it, respect our respect, but then we have to be ready."

Burnley's manager, Sean Dyche, and his coaching staff participated in the Leicester match against West Ham, but were left before the accident. – AFP

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