Leicester Helicopter Crash follow up: Cardiff 0-1 Leicester, the players fly out to Thailand for funeral and probe being conducted into the cause of the crash
Demarai Gray’s 55th minute winner was enough for Leicester to take all three points back home, and it also relieved a massive weight off the player’s shoulders who wanted to achieve a positive result for Vichai. Gray celebrated by revealing an undershirt with the words ‘For Khun Vichai’, paying his own tribute to the late Srivaddhanaprabha.
Following the game, the club’s players and officials flew out to Thailand to attend the funeral of the club’s late owner. In total, 18 players have made the trip, including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, striker Jamie Vardy and captain Wes Morgan, who were particularly close to Srivaddhanaprabha. Manager Claude Puel along with director of football Jon Rudkin, chief executive Susan Whelan, and other Leicester directors have also joined the players in Bangkok.
The funeral began at a temple in Bangkok on Saturday and with Buddhist bathing rituals and were followed by recitation ceremonies. The players will attend the Sunday and Monday services and fly back to England on Tuesday.
The Leicester fans paid tributes to Khun Vichai before kick off at Cardiff by wearing commemorative shirts featuring his picture, as well as a minute of silence remembering his achievements.
The former Leicester owner died with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium on 27th October. His high and respected status were reflected by a special funeral urn and a five-tiered umbrella.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has begun examining parts of the wreckage and the in-flight recorder. The AAIB spokesman said that the wreckage had arrived at their specialist facility in Farnborough, where evidence had been gathered by inspectors from the scene. More detailed examinations are expected to continue over the upcoming weeks.