Hundreds attend Leicester City owner's funeral in Thailand

Erika Holt
November 4, 2018

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was was one of five people killed last Saturday when his helicopter crashed outside the club's King Power Stadium following a league match against West Ham.

The second-half strike from Demari Gray gave Leicester City a 1-0 lead away to Cardiff City. "I really can't understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair!"

"The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built".

"He's now the leader of Thai football and leader of world football because he changed a lot of things when he took the chairmanship of Leicester City", Thai football legend Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang told AFP outside the ceremony, his tone sombre. It was always going to be an emotional day.

He was born Vichai Raksriaksorn, but in 2012, the king of Thailand recognised his achievements by bestowing on his family their new surname, which means "light of progressive glory". We wanted to do it for him and them. Fans wore T-shirts with Vichai's picture on it, underneath the words "The Boss".

Before the game in Cardiff, two large banners were pushed around the ground by both sets of fans.

Jamie Vardy and club captain Wes Morgan are among the players attending Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral in Bangkok for the next two days.

Demarai Gray scored with a low finish in the 55th and celebrated by removing his jersey to reveal an undershirt on which was written "For Khun Vichai".

But the mood changed when referee Probert followed the letter of the law and booked Gray under a mandatory Federation Internationale de Football Association rule that says players must not remove their shirt over their head.

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Unai Emery's side fell behind to James Milner's clinical finish after Bernd Leno pushed out Sadio Mane's cross in the 61st minute. The balance was good in our speed and intensity.

Gray's goal ends a three-game winless run for the Foxes, while Cardiff remain with just one win this season.

Substitute Marcus Rashford scored the victor two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the match after a surging run down the left and a pinpoint center from Paul Pogba.

Callum Wilson's 11th-minute opener for Bournemouth was cancelled out by Anthony Martial's 35th-minute effort as United survived a series of missed chances from the hosts.

Puel's team, now 12th in the Premier League, are without a victory in their last three games.

"We were defensively terrible". Mourinho called his team's first-half display a "disaster".

That's because Tottenham held on for a 3-2 win at Wolverhampton to go above the Gunners and draw level on points with third-placed Chelsea.

Goals from Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane appeared to put Tottenham in an unassailable position at Wolverhampton.

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